Past Special Exhibition

Courage and Compassion

The Japanese American World War II Experience

Following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were removed from their homes under the terms of Executive Order 9066 and forced into incarceration camps scattered across the western and southern United States. Approximately 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry, nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were denied their constitutional rights and imprisoned without trial simply because they looked like the enemy.

Thousands of young Japanese American men, despite being incarcerated, volunteered for the military, serving in the segregated Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team as well as the Military Intelligence Service. For its size and length of service, the 100th/442nd is the most decorated unit in the history of the U.S. military for its size and length of service.

Using images, audio, interactives, and testimony, Courage and Compassion provides a 360-degree perspective of the World War II experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry while exploring the relevance of these events today. The exhibition honors people across America who stood up to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

The Courage and Compassion special exhibition is included with Museum admission.

Courage and Compassion: The Japanese American World War II Experience is courtesy of:

Supported by:

Exhibition Sponsor:

David and Tina Nishida

Community Partners
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Dallas Jewish Historical Society

Legacy Senior Communities
Southwest Jewish Congress
Temple Shalom
Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission


Click below to view Courge and Compassion.

An Immersive, Interactive Journey Unlike Any Other

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