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  •  Sounds Too WW2 Aleut Internment Déjà Vu (9+ / 0-)

    A bit uf US History: Aleut Story and Aleut Internment & Restitution

    In 1942, my wife and our 4 children were whipped away from our home...all our possessions were left...for mother nature to destroy...I tried to pretend it really ws a dream and this could not happen to me and my dear family." -Bill Tcheripanoff, Sr, Akutan Aleut Evacuee.

    ...US authorities evacuated 881 Aleuts from nine villages... herded from their homes onto cramped transport ships, most allowed only a single suitcase. Heartbroken, Atka villagers watched as US servicemen set their homes and church afire so they would not fall into Japanese hands.

    The Aleuts were transported to SE Alaska and there crowded into "duration villages": abandoned canneries, a herring saltery, and gold mine camp rotting facilities with no plumbing, electricity or toilets. The Aleuts lacked warm winter clothes, and camp food was poor, the water tainted...For two years they would remain in these dark places, struggling to survive.

    Illness of one form or another struck all the evacuees, but medical care was often nonexistent, and the authorities were dismissive of the Aleuts' complaints. Pneumonia and tuberculosis took the very young and the old. 32 died at the Funter Bay camp, 17 at Killisnoo, 20 at Ward lake, 5 at Burnett Inlet. With the death of the elders so, too, passed their knowledge of traditional Aleut ways. The death of the young foretold the demise of the future, but the Aleut people did not succumb.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye"... Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    by Sigrid of Horg on Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 08:25:58 PM PST

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