Yes and they even investigated some Jews so that people were afraid even here in the US to admit their heritage.
My grandmother was 1/3 American Indian, and her family had to hide their heritage for her to lead a normal life. She was so afraid that it wasn't until I was a teenager that I found out for sure, and even then she denied it. Prejudice is a horrible stain. The rest of my family was mostly Irish immigrants, another group that was treated with disdain.
Prejudice is disgusting. We are all the same, as soon as the world realizes that we can advance. For now we have technological advances only. The humanities suffer.
There's no doubt the Japanese were treated in a more bigoted manner than the Germans. Some German P.O.W.s were allowed to come down here in Georgia and work on the local farms until the war ended. My mother and others told me how pleasant they were and how hard they worked.
I do not think those of German descent were rounded up and placed in compounds with their possessions taken by their neighbors. The Japanese looked different from us, the Germans didn't. Things aren't really that much different today. There is no shortage of bigots.
Sadly Padrino I must ask how old are you? The Internet is young. If all of your information has come from history courses in school and Internet sources then I am sorry. My education comes from people who actually lived through these times, as does Randy Godwin's education.
People are always contemplating the validity of the Bible, without realizing our own history books are changed to keep the public sadly misinformed.
You are right, I'm afraid. Many do not know the U.S. was already fighting the Japanese in China before Pearl Harbor. We had ex-military (they said they were anyway) mercenaries, such as "Pappy" Boyington shooting down Zeros in P-47 Warhawks. The "Flying Tigers" you may recall.
My point is the quotes in the press are often taken out of context. The US Government is known for detaining people who are probably no threat at all to cover for the fact that they let the real threat slip under the radar.
Japan saw America as a threat and attacked. What more do you want? Was racism part of the equation? Probably not, but POWER was.
As for Nazi Germany was racism at it's max. And, YES, that war did take place, as some would like to believe it didn't actually happen. America got into the war, because it needed to get into that war, as one of the Major POWER Countries.
Had Hilter succeeded in his plan, Europe would be one Nation and you can bet anyone who isn't white....would have been executed or made into slave laborers.
Your grandfather and my dad were true warriors, whether they knew it or not. My dad went on to Paris with Patton, through the Battle of the Bulge, and helped liberate the Jewish people from the Nazi death camps.
He had very bad nightmares when he was older. He was a great man loved by everyone. I miss him terribly.
I do not know Hanks personally and neither does anyone else here, I imagine. I was extremely disappointed when "Saving Private Ryan" didn't win an Oscar for best picture. "Shakespeare In Love" took that honor. Sad, very sad!