Personal Justice Denied
Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment was established by act of Congress in 1980 to investigate the detention program. Over twenty days, it held hearings in cities across the country, particularly on the West Coast, with testimony from more than 750 witnesses: evacuees, former government officials, public figures, interested citizens, and historians and other professionals. It took steps to locate and to review the records of government action and to analyze contemporary writings and personal and historical accounts. The Commission's report is a masterful summary of events surrounding the wartime relocation and detention activities, and a strong indictment of the policies that led to them. The report and its recommendations were instrumental in effecting a presidential apology and monetary restitution to surviving Japanese Americans and members of the Aleut community.
"A document of profound historical significance, Personal Justice Denied is a testament to the fragility of democracy, but also to its strength when we the people resolve to right a great wrong."—Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II
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