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Remembering Topaz



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happened at Topaz during World War II should never be forgotten! The fact the notorious internment site near Delta has finally been designated a National Historic Landmark will help keep the shameful memory alive.

It happened during the frenzy following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Fearful bigotry in its ugliest form resulted in innocent American citizens of Japanese descent being summarily rounded up and sent to western internment camps, including Topaz in the Utah desert, some 15 miles from Delta. No formal investigations, charges or trials! Their only crime was having Japanese ancestry. It was a gross violation of their civil rights.

Kudos to those residents of Delta who are establishing a museum and have worked tirelessly to bring recognition to Topaz and this sorry chapter in American history!

To learn more about their notable efforts, check out the museum's website www.topazmuseum.org. On June 30th, they'll be hosting a day to view the site and become familiar with what happened. If inclined, participate!

With respect to Topaz, there is much to learn about human interaction and racial prejudice based mostly on ignorance in times of national crisis. In KSL's view, they are lessons to be remembered with the hope that such undeserving abuses will never be repeated.

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