Sunday, October 11, 2009
Faith on Film: Faith Beyond Belief
In the starkly beautiful Eastern Sierra of California, along US Highway 395 you will find a simple sign for a turnoff to Manzanar....
Manzanar was one of the infamous internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. Only a few foundations left, as most of these camps were torn down in an attempt to erase the past. There are plans to build a museum here.
I call this 'Faith Beyond Belief' because these people tried to maintain a sense of normalcy here behind the barbed wire, working, setting up organizations and activities, going to school, births, deaths, like any other community; and returned to their American lives after the war. I had never met survivors or their descendants until I lived in California, where most of them were originally from.
P.S. These are Donal'd Pix; Mine of course, are B&W. We'll see those later.