Going For Broke: Japanese Americans During the War

Wednesday, May 12, 1943

An ugly note Home Front note was sounded regarding interned Americans of Japanese descent. Despite the need for food, the 38 army bases near Japanese internment camps (link to documentary) refused to accept their produce, thus requiring more expensive supplies to be brought in. At the very same time, Lt. Gen John L. Dewitt denied in a Supreme Court hearing that the internment itself resulted from racial prejudice. Also on the Home Front, Mim was on the hunt for an inexpensive high chair. Given wartime restrictions, she wisely made use of new family connections. And so the quest was passed to Lois who passed it on to her parents who had recently received help from Mim’s mother in a different hunt. That is how Mim received a gracious note from Lois’ mother assuring her. “We wrote our wholesaler. As soon as we hear from them, we will let you know. Express my thanks to your mother to go through so much to obtain some chickens for us.” The chickens would have been kosher chickens which Abe’s mother could pick up in New York City. The whole point of having mishapocah is knowing how to mobilize connections. The big wartime news was a meeting in Washington, DC between President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Could anyone doubt they were planning to open a European front against Germany and that the war would end soon?








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