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June 13, 1941
5000 Jews sent from Paris to labor camps.

June, 1941
Vichy Government revoked civil rights of French Jews in North Africa.

Summer, 1941
The Hawaiian National Guard (made up largely of Nisei) was federalized and later became the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

September 19, 1941
Jews prohibited from appearing in public without the Jewish star and prohibited from leaving their residential areas without police permission.

November 1, 1941
The Japanese Language School at the Presidio of San Francisco was formed. In the first class were 45 Nisei and Kibei and 15 others. It was moved to Camp Savage, Minnesota, renamed the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) and later moved to Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

November 26, 1941
Grace Tully (Rooseveltís secretary) told Henry Field (anthropologist and aide to Roosevelt) that the President was ordering him to produce, in the shortest time possible, the full names and addresses of each American-born and foreign-born Japanese listed by locality within each state. She told him to use the 1930 and 1940 census.

December 7, 1941
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. A blanket presidential warrant authorized U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle to have the FBI arrest a predetermined number of "dangerous enemy aliens," including German, Italian, and Japanese nationals. 737 Japanese Americans arrested by the end of the day.

December 8, 1941
U.S. entered World War II.

December 11, 1941
FBI detained 1,370 Japanese Americans classified as dangerous enemy aliens."

December 22, 1941
The Agriculture Committee of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce recommended that all Japanese nationals be put under "absolute Federal control."



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