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Sunrise at Manzanar

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 26 March 2020 in Documentary & Street.

On Valentine's Day 2020, I visited at sunrise. It's beautiful at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Range. It was also bitterly cold. In summer, it's incredibly hot. It's usually quite windy.

This is Block 14. The nearest building is a reconstructed barracks made of wood and tarpaper. The building further back is the women's latrine and beyond that the mess hall. The mess hall is not a reconstruction. Rather, it was built at Bishop Air Base in 1942. It's been moved here and restored since it was built exactly like those in all the camps. The winds would blow sand up through the floor boards of the buildings. People would wake up in the mornings covered in sand and dust.

Each block had 14 barracks. In addition to the buildings mentioned above, each block had a men's latrine, laundry room, ironing room, etc.There were 36 blocks to house the 10,000 internees. Two-thirds of these internees were native born US citizens. They were loyal Americans like those of any other ethnicity. All these structures were within an area of one square mile surrounded by 5 strands of barbed wire and eight guard towers manned by military police armed with machine guns.

Shortly after the end of WW II, all the buildings in the camps were either sold and moved or torn down and sold as scrap lumber.

Not a single person, of the 120,000 detained in the concentration camps, was convicted of espionage or sabotage. "The very fact that no sabotage has taken place to date is a disturbing and confirming indication that such action will be taken." – Lt. General John L. DeWitt, formal memorandum to the Secretary of War, 1942. That sounds like the reasoning of a dedicated racist.

Manzanar: An American Concentration Camp
California, USA

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

BW is perfect for this sad subject of american history

26 Mar 2020 5:27am

Stu from From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan

A stunning scene with a disturbing story.

26 Mar 2020 5:34am

Anne from France

Très beau

26 Mar 2020 6:16am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Sunrise is always great to see.

26 Mar 2020 6:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

C'est excellent

26 Mar 2020 7:35am

: Helen : from who is currently photographing in, Australia

Thanks Steve. Super photo and also a sobering story. Thanks for documenting it, I had never heard of this place.

26 Mar 2020 8:03am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel décor ces montagnes en fond ces édifices quel contraste de tons superbe
Belle journée

26 Mar 2020 8:46am

mE from Middle Franconia, near Nürnberg, Germany

Very nice landscape photo with an interesting but disturbing story.
Black and white fits perfectly here and supports the whole thing very well.

26 Mar 2020 9:01am

Gérard from Allauch, France

Not a very romantic trip for Valentine's Day .... !!!!

26 Mar 2020 9:07am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très belle composition, j'aime beaucoup.
Bonne journée Steve

26 Mar 2020 9:31am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

intéressante vue sur la montagne

26 Mar 2020 9:45am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like how b/w makes it stand out.

26 Mar 2020 10:19am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition with the mountains in the sun .

26 Mar 2020 10:26am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent capture of light over the mountains Steve.

26 Mar 2020 10:44am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice mountain view

26 Mar 2020 11:04am

Devi from Chennai, India

That piece of history was really disturbing and sad !!
When one looks at the image after reading what you have writte, the image looks scary and sad and full of tears !

26 Mar 2020 11:20am

jean pierre from Paris, France

superbe mise en valeur de ce morceau d’histoire!!! Merci pour les explications!! amts

26 Mar 2020 11:31am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Fantastic mountains. Nice image with dark hut on the right.

26 Mar 2020 12:17pm

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Belle atmosphère dans cette image.

26 Mar 2020 12:18pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the buildings in this sad part of our hsitory.

26 Mar 2020 12:35pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent atmosphere and composition!

26 Mar 2020 1:35pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

This white peaks are great.

26 Mar 2020 3:29pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Desolate looking

26 Mar 2020 3:33pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A stunning backdrop illuminated in the beautiful light! The desolation here is very apropos given its history. Thank you for the background information.

26 Mar 2020 3:45pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo noir et blanc

26 Mar 2020 4:45pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition & lights!
Amazing !!!

26 Mar 2020 5:25pm

Rose from United States

I cannot imagine living there in the cold of winter.

26 Mar 2020 5:42pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Nice details in B&W

26 Mar 2020 7:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting shot. That whole thing was just so wrong.

26 Mar 2020 11:06pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Powerful story. Thank you. And the BW photo makes the message even stronger.

27 Mar 2020 12:52am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

The Story and the quote tat you present, above, just enter my heart with strength! I am really taken by this Post and all of your others here....
Thank youSteve.

4 Apr 2020 8:06pm