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Japanese Americans' protests halt auction of internment camp items
Japanese Americans' protests halt auction of internment camp items

Nancy Oda's parents had an expression whenever she brought up her family's imprisonment behind barbed wire during World War II. "They said 'shikata ga nai—' it can't be helped," recalls Oda. But Oda, who was born in a relocation camp at Tule Lake near the California-Oregon border, won't tolerate passivity anymore. The retired Van Nuys school principal was among tens of thousands of Japanese Americans across the nation who jumped into action after learning that a rare collection of arts and crafts made in internment camps was being auctioned off, piece by piece. In this case, at least, it could be helped. The sale, set for Friday, was...

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