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"Topaz, Utah. Evacuees celebrate New Year’s Eve. Japanese Americans at Central Utah Relocation Cent..." 12/31/1944


"Topaz, Utah. Evacuees celebrate New Year’s Eve. Japanese Americans at Central Utah Relocation Cent..." 12/31/1944 Mace, Charles E., Photographer. (National Archives Identifier: 539711) ; Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942 - 1945; Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 - 1947; Record Group 210; National Archives.

This photo of Japanese-American evacuees was taken by Charles E Mace on December 31, 1944. The caption reads:
"Topaz, Utah. Evacuees celebrate New Year’s Eve. Japanese Americans at Central Utah Relocation Center celebrated reopening of the west coast with a big New Year’s Eve party. Joseph Aoki portrays Father Time and his son Tommy, Baby New Year. "

Under the authority of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, approximately 110,000 Japanese-Americans were interned in 10 relocation centers for the duration of World War II. Professional photographers, including Dorothea Lange, were commissioned by the WRA to document the daily life and treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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