I could not disagree with Dr. Carl Vest more in his reference to Camp Harmony as a “concentration camp” (“Camp Harmony is part of WWII history for Puyallup and South Hill,” Aug. 28).
Actually, these camps were set up as internment camps. For Vest to refer to it as a concentration camp does a real disservice to the more than 6 million Jews and other millions of “undesirables” who were annihilated in the Nazi concentration camps.
I have visited some of those camps in Germany and, believe me, there is no comparison between the Puyallup facility and the murderous concentration camps of Nazi Germany.
Internment camps were set up because there was a real fear of sabotage or espionage along the West Coast after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Their existence must be taken in the context of the very real fear of the unknown that existed at that time.
My belief is that Vest is either misguided or uninformed. I certainly hope he is not part of the “revisionist” movement that is attempting to rewrite American history in order to portray this country as negatively as possible to future generations.