Controversial auction of Japanese internment camp art canceled

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
woman teaches in Japanese internment camp
Here is an undated photo of a woman teaching a class of young students at a Japanese internment camp. (KGO-TV)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A scheduled auction of items from internment camps that outraged many Bay Area Japanese-Americans is now cancelled.

The idea was met with criticism from Japanese families who felt it commercialized personal mementos collected by people forced into World War II internment camps.

The New Jersey auction house is now looking to place the items in a museum.

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Japanese-Americans and others protested on a Facebook page, signed a petition that demands the auctioneers delay the sale. The page has already attracted more than 2,000 likes.