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Parallels of...Emperor was Divine 1

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Parallels of Japanese Internment Camps and Jewish Concentration Camps Some of the worst treatment of human beings in history occurred in WWII in the concentration camps. When the Emperor was Divine shows some of the parallels between the treatment of the Japanese and Jewish during WWII. This novel doesn’t describe these Japanese internment camps as being quite as harsh and brutal as most concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As Americans we deny that we treated our Japanese citizens like Hitler treated his Jewish citizens. Better treatment in our country wasn’t always the case and there were some similarities between our camps and Hitler’s camps. “Then they would pin their identification numbers to their collars and grab their suitcases and climb up onto the bus and go to wherever it was they had to go.” (Otsuka, 22) This is very much how the Nazis operated in Germany when they were rounding up the Jews to be sent to the concentration camps. The Nazis made the Jews sew on yellow stars to their coats so everyone could identify and know them as being Jewish. Both groups were forced against their will to be shipped off to far away places just to be placed in concentration or internment camps. Another similarity in the way they were gathered together is the use of trains. “The train moved slowly inland.” (Otsuka, 23) Here in the United States and also in Germany trains were used to transport people to the camps. Both moved very slowly and it took days and 10
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days for the trains to reach their destinations. One difference between
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