75th Anniversary of Aleut Evacuation

A memorial overlooking downtown Unalaska is dedicated to the Unangax who were forcibly evacuated during WWII and the Aleutian villages that were never resettled.
(Laura Kraegel/KUCB)

Seventy-five years ago the Unangan people were evacuated from villages in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands because of World War II. They were sent to internment camps in southeast Alaska. Others were taken prisoner and sent to Japan. Once the war was over, many were never allowed to return to their homes. Join us for Talk of Alaska as we commemorate the anniversary of these events, and discuss the history and the impacts of the evacuation.

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HOST: Anne Hillman


  • Rachel Mason – anthropologist, National Park Service
  • Pat Petrivelli –  descendent of an evacuee from Atka, researcher 
  • Statewide callers 

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Anne Hillman is the healthy communities editor at Alaska Public Media and a host of Hometown, Alaska. Reach her atahillman@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Annehere.

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