Tuesday, February 22, 2011

U.S. to expand WWII Internment Camp

More than 60 years after it was used to detain thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Minidoka internment camp is being expanded as part of federal preservation efforts.

The National Park Service has purchased 56 hectares to add to the existing 121-hectare historic site, the federal agency, The Conservation Fund and Idaho's congressional delegation announced Thursday. The camp originally spanned 13,355 hectares.

Rick Wagner, realty officer of the parks service, said the acquired land is a fraction of the prison, which once held more than 9,000 people of Japanese descent behind barbed wire for more than three years. The land has extensive historic value, he added.'


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