Former WWII Internee to Speak at UM

September 20, 2016

MISSOULA – A Japanese-American internee during World War II, Yukio Shimomura, will discuss his wartime experiences Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the University of Montana.

Shimomura will present “My 2½ Years Behind Barbed Wire in the United States” at 6 p.m. in Room 110 of UM’s Interdisciplinary Sciences Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shimomura was born in San Francisco and was a grade-school student at the outbreak of the war. He and his family first were to an internment camp in San Bruno, California. They were then moved to the Topaz War Relocation Camp near Delta, Utah. Operated by the War Relocation Authority, Topaz was home to more than 9,000 internees and staff at its peak. The camp ran from Sept. 11, 1942, until Oct. 31, 1945.

His presentation will discuss the impact of the war and internment on his family, as well as reveal details about life in the camps. Following his talk, Shimomura will answer any questions from the audience.

This lecture is sponsored by UM Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the UM Department of History, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

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Contact: Robert Tuck, UM assistant professor of Japanese, 406-243-2401, robert.tuck@mso.umt.edu.