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Bukkyoto Nenkan = Manzanar Buddhist Directory [cover title]
Manzanar, Ca: Manzanar Buddhist Church, 1945. Very good.. [4],203,[2]pp. Original printed wrappers, riveted at gutter margin. Some chipping and tearing to spine, with four hasty, but relatively unobtrusive tape repairs. Light wear at edges. Very light tanning and dust soiling. Mostly in Japanese. An extensive and detailed mimeograph directory that lists members of the Buddhist Church at the Japanese internment camp in Manzanar, produced and published by church members in the camp during the waning months of World War II. Buddhists were targeted specifically during the early stages of relocation because of unsubstantiated fears prevalent in the military and federal law enforcement agencies that Japanese-Americans who professed the religion were a particular danger to security. As a result, practicing Buddhists made up a large proportion of the population in internment camps. The present work was published in late May 1945, just after the battle for Okinawa, as the end of the war in the Pacific began to seem less remote. Japanese internees deemed sufficiently loyal had begun to be released at the beginning of the year. With approximately twenty entries per page, this directory contains the names and personal details of over 4000 Japanese Buddhist internees at Manzanar (at its peak population, the camp held over 10,000 internees). The final six pages contain the names, ages, and death dates of the 113 church members who died at Manzanar between May 1942 and May 1945. Much of the work is in Japanese, with names also given in the Roman alphabet and an English forewor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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