Living conditions in the Santa Anita Assembly Center

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The conditions were bad because they put 'em in horse stalls because, on account of I'm a bachelor. So everybody, bachelor, stuck in where the horse slept. And then horse manure on the ground and piss all over on the walls and they whitewashed but still smells and had to pick up these hays for making mattress and picking up these straws and miserable and it made me more mad. But instead of, I figured that way lotta people worse than me, 'cause lost tractors and trucks and farm equipment and everything. But I didn't have much. The only thing I lost was the bank savings and not much.

Date: December 17 & 18, 2003
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Alice Ito, Tom Ikeda
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

assembly center horse stalls santa anita

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