The Aleut Internments of World War II: Islanders Removed from Their Homes by Japan and the United States

Paperback / softback
This book, one of the first ever written on its subject, focuses on Russian America and American Alaska and their impact on the native population. From the closing years of the 17th century when the Russians first set foot on the shores of the far-flung Aleutian Islands, through the war years, to the reparations hearings of the late 1970s, it sheds light on the little-known story of the Aleut people and the events in war and peace that shaped their lives. The actions that led to the internments of the Aleuts are documented through official records, letters, and personal accounts that reveal the true story of a native people who suffered and died in the camps while posing no threat to national security in time of war. Dozens of books have been written about the internment of Japanese Americans. Many Americans are familiar with that story but are unaware of the internment of native Alaskans in camps that in some cases were almost as bad as the Japanese POW camps.