In 1942, the U.S. government ordered over 100,000 American citizens to leave their homes to be incarcerated in 10 military type camps across the country. Most of us know, at least a little, of this tragic story. At Manzanar War Relocation Center, the interned citizens erected this monument to honor those who died there. The inscription translated is “Soul Consoling Tower”.

Lending a suitably oppressive tenor to the scene, the normally clear view of the lofty Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and the limitless sky above is obscured by a heavy, claustrophobic ceiling of smoke from forest wildfires.

All Photographs © 2021 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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