Carol Furuta


As Interviewed by Mary E. Martinez, March 14, 2017
"It's really difficult to think that that happened to us, that that was… part of our history of Japanese people, and that something that was so wrong could happen, and I guess that's how it affects us."
Carol Furuta

Introductory Profile: About Carol Furuta

In 1942, when Carol Mizoue Furuta was five years old, she and her family of eight were taken from their home in Japanese Town, Sacramento, California to an Internment Camp. This was a result of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. At the camps, four families shared one barrack, and everyone used public restrooms and mess halls. Children went to school and participated in various activities.

Mrs. Furuta says that it seemed like a normal life, except that they were surrounded by barbed wire fences and guarded by soldiers. Over the course of their two-year detention, Mrs. Furuta’s family was taken to three different camps. Eventually, the family was allowed to leave the Amache camp, and they moved to Denver, Colorado. Since she was so young, Mrs. Furuta doesn’t remember many details, so she uses some of her sister’s memories as she recalls events from this time. Today, Mrs. Furuta and her husband Don live in Denver, Colorado.