Drawing of a small Japanese boy looking behind him as a long line of people are lined up under armed guard into an imprisonment camp.

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei Author, Justin Eisinger Author, Steven Scott Author and Harmony Becker Illustrator

History calls them "internment camps" as if that helps lessen the blow of how we once imprisoned Japanese citizens in concentration camps. Famed actor and equal rights activist George Takei was only four years old when he and his family were suddenly forced from their home and shipped hundreds of miles from home, where he would be held for years under armed guard. They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the terrors and small joys of childhood in the shadow of legalized racism and the American concentration camp, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s tested faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

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