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Lesson One Haru Inaba Kuromiya Oral History

Before her family was forced to move to the Manzanar Relocation Center, Haru was a student at Riverside Polytechnic High School. She graduated from high school while incarcerated at Crystal City, Texas, and returned to Riverside with her family after the war.
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"I remember being on a bus, and there was a man – I believe he was in uniform, and he was shouting. He says, "Why am I being evacuated? Why am I being taken away from my home? I have fought for this country." He was just very, very – But other than that, I don't remember too much. I remember more the train ride from Manzanar to Crystal City because then we knew we were going to meet our father, and I remember being excited about that."
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