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Between 1942 and 1945, after Executive Order 9066, more than 8,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Rohwer—a 500-acre Arkansas camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Another nearby internment camp was located at Jerome. Few physical remains exist at Rohwer, but important historical Japanese American stories with genealogical and personal identity impact continue to be shared. “Relocation, Arkansas” is a film by Vivienne “Lie” Schiffer in 2018 that describes the impact of the Japanese American internment experience in the state during World War II on the generation born after camps closed. The National Archives and Records Administration features a database titled Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II that provides extensive information about each incarcerated person in the camps.