Manzanar: “Never Again” Released – Video by Ken Burns: Watch It Here!

UPDATE, AUGUST 23, 2012: Video has been re-encoded and is now viewable on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

Ken Burns
Photo: Cable Risdon/Courtesy PBS

Manzanar: “Never Again,” a short film by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, has been released by WETA-TV (Public Television in Washington, D.C.) and Florentine Films. The mini-documentary is one of five such films produced by WETA and Florentine Films as part of their Untold Stories project.

Manzanar: “Never Again” was shown at a preview screening at the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History in Lone Pine, California on April 24, 2009. It was also screened at the Manzanar At Dusk program on April 25, 2009, following the 40th Manzanar Pilgrimage, held earlier that day at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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40th Manzanar Pilgrimage – A Personal Reflection

LOS ANGELES — Members of the Manzanar Committee have returned to Southern California after a long, hard weekend in the Owens Valley for the 40th Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk programs on Saturday, April 25.

We are all very tired and relieved that the events are over. But at the same time, at least in my case, I feel energized and inspired by the people who participated, the stories I heard, the new relationships I made and the ones I was able to renew. Read more of this post

Manzanar Changed My Life

The following is a personal reflection by Tom Leatherman, former Superintendent, Manzanar National Historic Site. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of the Manzanar Committee.

When I came to Manzanar National Historic Site in 2005, I thought I was going to work at a site which preserved the history of a World War II Japanese American internment camp. It turned out to be so much more.

I was quickly introduced to the talented and dedicated staff and volunteers who worked at the site, unparalleled at any National Park Service site I had worked at previously. They inundated me with facts and stories too numerous to repeat but all so vivid in my mind. Their enthusiasm was infectious, but their message was unexpected.

“Though there were indeed shared experiences from this time in history,” they said, “it is the individual stories, and the personal connections that make it so powerful.” Read more of this post

Les Inafuku Named Superintendent For Manzanar National Historic Site

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.

New Manzanar National Historic Site
Superintendent Les Inafuku
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Photo courtesy National Park Service

Les Inafuku, a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), is the new superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, California. He replaces Tom Leatherman, who transferred to the position of deputy superintendent for the National Park areas in the San Francisco East Bay – Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park, John Muir and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Sites, and Port Chicago National Memorial.

“I admire his careful attention to visitors and the community and his keen listening skills,” said NPS Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, in making the appointment. “Les is very interested in the history and resource management of Manzanar.” Read more of this post