By Chisato Iverson and Miriam Raftery
June 16, 2016 (La Mesa) –For Donna Neimeier at the La Mesa Historical Society, preparing an exhibit on Grossmont High School students forced into internment camps during World War II provided troubling memories from her own childhood.
“I was in first or second grade when all of this happened. I knew that my Japanese friends were gone…We didn’t know where they went,” she recalled. After her friends returned, she recalls, “They were very withdrawn and they never talked about it..”
Now she reflects, “Here I am, 75 years later, learning about this whole thing…I think with prejudice and the way we all feel about prejudice now, it’s something that is very upsetting to me personally, that it happened.” The most important reason for the museum’s exhibit, she believes, is to teach people about the past, in hopes that it will never be repeated.