Documentary focuses of WWII Japanese – American internment camps in New Mexico

Joris Nieuwint

A former El Paso TV reporter hopes to illuminate a little-known shadow in New Mexico’s past through a documentary film that debuted Saturday night.

The film examines two internment camps — one in Lordsburg and the other in Santa Fe — that held captive about 4,500 men of Japanese heritage during World War II.

They were part an estimated 120,000 Japanese-American men, women and children who were rounded up from their homes and imprisoned in remote encampments across several states, as public mistrust burgeoned because of the war. Most were never accused of any crime.


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