An American Story of WWII

Community Story

The Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL and the Watsonville Public Library are proud to present, "An American Story of World War II: the triumph and tragedy of the Japanese-American community during wartime."


This documentary is the product of a yearlong collaboration to collect and record the stories of local Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII and served in the military.


Twenty-one stories were recorded for this project; they are available as a DVD and online. Additionally, a kiosk with the stories will be stationed at various community locations; contact the library if your organization would like to host the kiosk.


This project is sponsored by the Watsonville Public Library and Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL. Funding was provided by a grant from the California State Library through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

For more information contact the library at 831-768-3400

Video Timeline

Narrator Start Time
Mas Hashimoto 0:00
Dr. Steven T. Tanaka, D.C. 9:19
Franz Steidl 13:40
Sam Sakamoto 23:44
Shigeru T. Kizuka 27:36
Dr. Masako Miura, M.D. 35:06
Frances Hoshiyama and Daughter Marcia Hashimoto 38:49
Soichi Kobara 44:22
Faye Hashitani 48:01
Tome Mine with Mas Hashimoto 1:01:00
Chiyoko Yagi 1:09:02
Louise Sako 1:12:52
Koso Takemoto 1:18:52
Robb Mayeda 1:31:09
Lea Haratani 1:34:10
Heidi Gurke Donald 1:42:29