WWII Story “Within The Silence” To Be Performed In Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center will host multiple performances of “Within the Silence”, a play that follows a Japanese-American girl living in Seattle until her family was forced to relocate to internment camps during World War II.

On Thurs. April 18, the center will offer the free shows presented by Theatreworks USA at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon in the Cappa Theater.

Emi Yamada’s family was forced to sell or give away their possessions and home following an executive order by then-President Franklin Roosevelt.

Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the President’s order to relocate all Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps in the interest of national security in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944).

Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote a stinging dissent that challenged the Court’s conclusion that the petitioner unlawfully refused imprisonment, noting, “[Fred] Korematsu . . .  has been convicted of an act not commonly a crime. It consists merely of being present in the state whereof he is a citizen, near the place where he was born, and where all his life he has lived.”

Pre-registration is required. For more visit roberthjackson.org/events.

Officials said the program is made possible through donations and the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

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