Riot at Tule Lake Internment Camp?

Nov. 15, 1943, Comics

Nov. 4, 1943, Melee at Internment Camp
Nov. 3-16, 1943: It’s almost impossible to get a clear idea from these stories of what was actually occurring at the internment camp at Tule Lake. Early in the saga, one official said “there’s nothing to it,” but later on there are accounts of a riot that may have been staged “on direct orders from Tokyo” and allegations that Japanese at the camp “buried thousands of pounds of fresh pork and used tractors to play polo.” No, really!

In editorials , and in news accounts by Kyle Palmer, The Times had encouraged the evacuation and internment of Japanese in the strongest language. One editorial included below alleges that Dillion S. Myer, head of the War Relocation Authority, was a squishy soft liberal New Dealer (another bete noire of The Times) who refused to take a hard line with “disloyal” Japanese and says that the camps should be put under Army control.

The Dies committee, named for Rep Martin Dies Jr. (D-Texas), referred to in some stories will become better known as the House Un-American Activities Committee. You may have heard of it. If you haven’t, you certainly will.

Opening soon: “Lassie Come Home” and “Young Ideas” at Grauman’s Chinese, Loew’s State, Fox Uptown and Cathay Circle.

Nov. 15, 1943, Lassie Come Home

Nov. 3, 1943, Melee at Internment Camp

Nov. 4, 1943, Melee at Internment Camp

Nov. 4, 1943, Melee at Internment Camp

Nov. 4, 1943, Melee at Tule Lake

Nov. 6, 1943, Internment Camp Melee

Nov. 9, 1943, Melee at Internment Camp

Nov. 9, 1943, Tule Lake Melee

Nov. 13, 1943, Tule Lake

Nov. 16, 1943, Sabotage at Tule Lake

Nov. 16, 1943, Tule Lake

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About lmharnisch

I work at the Los Angeles Times
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One Response to Riot at Tule Lake Internment Camp?

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Why is it that throughout history, the “other” has always been made the villain?

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