HHC Hosts Author to Commemorate 80th Anniversary of Japanese Prison Camps in US

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Contact: Kara Driscoll, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 638-0508, [email protected]

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which forced Japanese Americans in the West into prison camps, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is honored to host author Sam Mihara on February 26 at historic Union Terminal. A second-generation Japanese American, Mihara was 9 years old when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered WWII. Mihara and his family were forced from their home by armed military guards and relocated to the Heart Mountain prison camp in desolate northern Wyoming, where they lived in one small room for three years.

Mihara will discuss his family’s experiences at Heart Mountain and the racial animus that led to the incarceration of 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent. A national lecturer on the topic of mass imprisonment, Mihara has visited detention centers across the country and asks the question, “Can such civil rights and human rights violations happen again?”

Mihara is a retired rocket scientist for The Boeing Company, where he helped to insert many satellites into orbit. He has spoken to over 65,000 individuals and has lectured before Congress and at many leading universities including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Sam will be signing copies of his book “Blindsided: The Life and Times of Sam Mihara.”

REGISTER FOR THE IN-PERSON TALK HERE. The talk will also be livestreamed on Zoom.

WHEN: February 26 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal

1301 Western Ave, Suite 2101, Cincinnati, OH 45203


Media partners are invited to attend the author talk at Union Terminal. Interviews with Sam Mihara and museum leadership will be made available upon request. RSVP required to Communications Manager Kara Driscoll at 513-638-0508. Masks are required at Union Terminal.

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, HHC educates more than 200,000 community members through its educational initiatives, innovative programs and partnerships.