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DOWNTOWN LA (KABC) -- A new exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles is using modern technology to tell personal stories of the hardships endured in Japanese internment camps. Museum visitors will get a somber education about the camps that forced many U-S citizens to be incarcerated during the Second World War.

It is a new way to see and experience the sad history of the camps, with augmented reality bringing viewers closer to the struggle so many Japanese Americans faced.

"My mother was running a hotel. My family lost everything because she had to give up the hotel," said Michi Tanioka, camp survivor.

Survivors share their stories at the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown LA. Most were just kids when they were forced into the camps during World War II. Artist Masaki Fujihata used old photos and new technology to bring their stories to life.

"It's really important to give the visitor a new experience. The experience means the contrast between the ordinary life the happenings in the past," said Fujihata.

The augmented reality allows visitors to walk into the history and exhibit organizers feel it can change perspectives.

"You see incredible photography remarkable in their scale and the power they have," said UCLA Professor Michael Emmerich.

The old cameras that took these pictures are also here to see... more reminders of this sad chapter in American history.

"It is an American story, they had their hardships they didn't give up on their American Dream, this was their home," said June Aochi Berk, camp survivor.

For many the wounds have healed; but there are still scars. And now they can be seen, and maybe even felt, in ways exhibit organizers hope will be remembered.

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After string of adventures, ancient gold ring back in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A more than 3,000-year-old gold signet ring that was stolen from an Aegean island in World War II, crossed the Atlantic, was bought by a Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian scientist and ended up in a Swedish museum has found its way back to Greece.

It was the latest in a series of coups by Greek authorities seeking the return of works plundered from the antiquities-rich country — even though an initial effort by the Swedish museum to return the ring apparently fell between the cracks of 1970s bureaucracy.

The Greek culture ministry said Friday that the gold Mycenaean-era work from Rhodes, decorated with two facing sphinxes, was willingly returned by Swedish officials who provided full assistance with documenting the artifact and its provenance.

Greek experts confirmed the identification, and the piece was handed over in Stockholm by Vidar Helgesen, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, to which the ring had been bequeathed by the Hungarian biophysicist. The foundation, which presents annual awards for outstanding achievement in several fields, had given it to the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm.

Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni thanked the Nobel Foundation and Swedish authorities for the repatriation, saying it “shows their respect for modern Greece and our constant efforts to fight the illegal trafficking of cultural goods.”

The ring, which would have been a status symbol for a local nobleman in the 3rd millennium B.C., was discovered in 1927 by Italian archaeologists in a Mycenaean grave near the ancient city of Ialysos on Rhodes. The southeastern Aegean island belonged to Italy until it was incorporated in Greece after WWII.

The culture ministry said the ring was stolen from a museum on Rhodes during the war — with hundreds of other pieces of jewelry and coins that remain missing — and surfaced in the United States. It was bought there during the 1950s or 1960s by Georg von Békésy, a biophysicist and art collector whose collection was donated to the Nobel Foundation after his death in 1972, and from there, distributed to several museums.

The Nobel Foundation’s Helgesen said there was no doubt as to where the artwork should be.

“To us, it was obvious that the ring should be returned,” he said. “This artifact is of very great cultural-historical value for Greece.”

The Stockholm museum had initially identified the ring from Ialysos in 1975 and contacted Greek authorities, the ministry said.

“But it remained in Stockholm for reasons that are not clear from existing archives,” Friday’s statement said. The artwork will now be displayed in a museum on Rhodes.

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