Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

And Then They Came For Us

Airs Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark., a Japanese American interment camp du...

Credit: National Archives and Records Administration / Public Domain

Above: Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark., a Japanese American interment camp during World War II. A girl detained in Ark. walks to school in 1943.

Seventy-eight years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, "And Then They Came For Us" brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. "And Then They Came for Us" is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times.

Rent or purchase the film to stream on demand.

And Then They Came For Us: Trailer

Join The Conversation:

"And Then They Came" documentary is on Facebook. Follow @thentheycamedoc on Twitter.

Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

President Gerald R. Ford signing a proclamation confirming the termination of Executive Order 9066 in the Cabinet Room. Feb.19, 1976.


Directors: Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider. Producer: Abby Ginzberg


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Every weekday afternoon, we’ll send you our top TV picks so you can hear about upcoming programs and never miss your favorite shows.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.