Three months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans of Japanese ancestry and Japanese nationals living on the Pacific Coast and in southern Arizona were ordered to register and then report within a week to hastily designated temporary detention centers. They had only days to dispose of businesses, homes, cars, and pets—which they sold at rock-bottom prices, gave away, or left behind.
Thirteen-year-old Harold Hayashi’s mother wrote this note to his teacher asking that he be excused from school so he can pack for forced removal and requesting his school records.
Because of the recent evacua-tion orders, we will have to leave Berkeley on May 1; therefore, I would like to have Harold Hayashi, adv. #205, leave school to help me pack from today.
I would also like to ask for a transfer for Harold so he may enter a school at the camp.