At the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, we were stood in front of this image from a B-29 Bombing raid over Japan and were horrified to see that this image is actually from June 5, 1945, a time when many Tatars, including our family, were under all these bombs.
Our hunt for the Tatar experience continued at the World War2 Memorial. Many Tatars living in California were in Japan and China during World War 2.
Our Tatar brothers in Tatarstan refer to World War 2 as the Great Patriotic War. We are told stories of a difficult life during and after the War in Japan, difficult for Japanese, and very difficult also for Tatars. Our family house is a museum now, one of the first in Kobe with a western design.