• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument

    Manzanar

    National Historic Site California

Remembering Manzanar

Through the use of rare historic footage and photographs, and personal recollections of a dozen former internees and others, "Remembering Manzanar" explores the experiences of more than 10,000 Japanese Americans who were relocated to a remote desert facility during World War II. Created for use at the Interpretive Center at Manzanar National Historic Site, "Remembering Manzanar" gives viewers a sense of the place and its past, and a glimpse into a time when American citizens were exiled because of their ancestry.

The film is 22 minutes long and shows every half hour in the Interpretive Center.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Manzanar today. Photo by Michael Wehrey.

The city of Los Angeles gets much of its water from the Owens Valley, and it owns the majority of the land on the valley floor. The federal government leased the land for the camp from Los Angeles because it was vacant and had water.