Broken PromisesThe Dispossession of Japanese Canadians


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Kaoru (in glasses) and his family live on a farm in the interior of British Columbia as they wait out internment.

August, 1942
A watchman reports that the Atagi home
in Steveston has been “broken into and pilfered.”

April 17, 1943
Unaware, Kaoru Atagi requests a shipment of
belongings from a secret compartment in his home.

May 19, 1943
Officials search his property.

January 2, 1945
Kaoru protests losses.

August 15, 1947
An official tells Kaoru that only a “superhuman effort”
could have protected his property.

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada RG33-69, RG117-C-3

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