Ed Ezaki, a Japanese American who spent his early childhood on the west coast, discusses how the events of December 7, 1941 shaped his life, that of his family, and all Japanese Americans in the U.S. after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Forced to leave the world he knew, his family was removed from their farm in California, his grandfather was sent away to a camp, and they began to run from the law. Ed then recalls how they were found, sent to a camp in Arizona, and how his time there was spent. Upon leaving the camp, he focuses his attention on his families move to Cleveland, Ohio and his life as an auto worker, his marriage to his wife, and how he now speaks about the hardships his family underwent during his youth.
Ezaki, Ed (interviewee)
Ziemnik, Sara (interviewer)
Japanese American Citizens League
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"Ed Ezaki Interview, 31 July 2006" (2006). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 906002.