Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].
Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].
Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].
Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].
Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].
[Japanese American / Medicine / WWII]

Red Cross, Rohwer Relocation Center Unit. 1945. [Cover title].

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McGehee, Arkansas: Rohwer Red Cross Unit, 1945. 10-3/4 x 8 inches. [22],1-6,1-12pp. White wrappers printed in black, with a linocut illustration to the front cover. B&w illustrations from photographs. Text in English and Japanese. White cloth tape to spine, possibly not original to the binding; light toning and foxing to front wrapper. Very Good.

A scarce booklet issued to commemorate Red Cross service in Rohwer Relocation Center, a Japanese American concentration camp during WWII. A possible alternate title, printed on the first page, is, "Rohwer Relocation Center: Commemorating R.R.C. Service 1943-1945".

The booklet opens with a approximately 20 pages of photographic illustrations of the camp's surroundings and buildings, members of the Red Cross chapter, medical facilities, and a number of associations and groups not affiliated with the Red Cross, such as the USO committee, Buddhist organizations, fire department, newspaper staff, and various activities and images of daily life in the camp. A six-page typescript section provides a brief history of the Red Cross chapter at Rohwer, the Junior Red Cross, and a review of accomplishments ("Activities") during its more than two-year existence, from February 1943 to April 1945. A 12-page section in Japanese, which we presume to be a translation of the previous text, follows.

A rare glimpse into the medical organization of the Rohwer camp, the contributions of incarcerated Japanese Americans to it, and overall life at the camp. We note that Poston also had a Red Cross chapter, although it is unclear if these were the only two concentration camps that had, or were permitted to have, chapters there.

OCLC locates only two holdings, at CSU Dominguez Hills and Fresno State. 


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