”A pair of scales was set up at the registration table, and a stern group of burly, uniformed men roughly picked up each suitcase and slammed it onto a scale. Those who had brought too much luggage were treated with cold impatience and commanded to remove items from their bags until the required weight was reached. These belongings were left scattered on the street outside the church, and they were scavenged the moment the buses pulled out of the parking lot. Today, photographs of these meeting places—with open suitcases, clothing, musical instruments, and other items tossed about, and hakujin looking for things worth keeping after the busloads of Japanese had been carried away—capture the event.”
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