Manzanar

In 1942, the U.S. government ordered over 100,000 Japanese 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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