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"The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, has received two grants from the U.S. National Park Service to expand its efforts documenting the World War II era experiences of Japanese Americans.
A $50,000 grant will underwrite work by The Bancroft?s Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) to find Japanese Americans who were interned during the war and conduct audio and video interviews with them. The interviews will be posted on the ROHO website, supplementing the office?s existing World War II Homefront interview series.
Meanwhile, a $220,493 grant will further The Bancroft?s efforts to digitize and make available online the library?s extensive Japanese American internment materials, and to integrate the resources into a new digital archive that will serve as a central resource for students of the Japanese-American evacuation and resettlement.
'The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is an unfortunate part of the story of our nation?s journey, but it is a part that needs to be told,' said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in announcing the grants." - Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
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