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Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, thousands of San Francisco Bay Area Japanese-Americans were separated from their property, livelihoods, and constitutional rights. Removed from their homes, they were shipped to a windswept stretch of Utah's roughest rangeland. Their crime was their ancestry; their penalty was loss of freedom. KUED documentary filmmaker Ken Verdoia steps into the past to explore Topaz, a war relocation camp in Utah which overnight became the fifth largest city in the state. Through archive film and photographs, as well as interviews with surviving internees and Utah camp workers, Verdoia brings the years of wartime imprisonment vividly to life.

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