Ethnic/racial identity

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Norman Ikari’s request for a transfer to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was granted, but he was busted down from...
Right after Passover in 1944 [Annotator's Note: after 14 April 1944. The Germans occupied Hungary in March 1944.], Eva...
Annaliese Nossbaum and her mother were prisoners in Auschwitz [Annotator’s Note: Auschwitz; a complex of over 40...
Ralph Griffith said the worst part of being a prisoner was the uncertainty. They never got any news. They had no idea...
William Dabney and his fellow soldiers tried to enjoy themselves whenever they could. They would engage in activities...
Rothacker Smith's family moved into his grandfather's house in Detroit before the Great Depression. There, Smith and...
Despite his excitement at being liberated from German custody, Rothacker Smith knew he was to return to a racist and...
Isaac Edward could not find much work after being discharged at the end of the war so he volunteered for the US Air...
Joseph Haines was drafted in April 1944. He was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia. He got off the train and there were two...
Lily Sawada was 14 years old and in high school when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. The school was very...
Before Elmo Espree got on the ship for deployment overseas, his group of black soldiers was lined up first on the...
Asked about discrimination in Hawaii, Walter Oka observed that the Filipinos that lived in the area held animosity for...
Samson Alexander got the idea to join the US Air Force but did not have a college education. The principal of his...
Gerald Abbenhaus had wanted to become a liaison officer for his regiment, but the war ended before it could happen. A...
Peter Somogyi met Dr. Mengele [Annotator's Note: Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as the Angel of Death] while he was in...
Norman Ikari recalls Pearl Harbor very well. It was a Sunday morning and Ikari was sitting in his house in East Los...
Joseph Arbour went on an outfit ship with 20 other boys to meet up the USS Portland (CA-33). It took 13 days to finally...
Samson Alexander was in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He had a girlfriend in Denver [Annotator's Note:...
Daniel Szafran was born in February 1927 in Stryków, Poland. He came from a large family having five brothers, two...
Nathan Taffel was born in Radomish Weilke, Poland in May 1928. He was the second youngest of ten children, seven girls...
Jacob Finkelstein was born in 1924 in Poland. During the war, he claimed his birth year was 1923 so that he could be 16...
Norman Ikari was born in Seattle, Washington on 17 February 1919. His parents were Japanese immigrants. Life was not...
Joseph Conklin LaNier, II was born in Columbus, Mississippi on 25 March 1926. He personally adapted the spelling of his...
Lily Myoko [Annotator’s Note: her maiden name was given but was not audible] Sawada was born on 28 September 1927 in...
Zeno St. Cyr was born in 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. Although his family was from New Orleans, at the time of St. Cyr'...
Bruno Viani was born in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1921. He grew up on a crowded street that was primarily...
Lawrence N. Brooks was born in 1909 in Norwood, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge. Most of his youth was spent near...
Robert Hammond was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1926. His father was a postal worker and his mother a...
Dabney N. Montgomery was born in Selma, Alabama on 18 April 1923. He grew up with five of his siblings from his father’...
Dr. Hans Courant was born in 1924 in Göttingen, Germany and lived there until he was nine. He had one bother and two...
Anne Levy was born in Lodz, Poland in July 1935. Before the war started, she was a very young girl [Annotator's Note:...
Paul J. Frisco was born in May 1925 in Newark, New Jersey. He lived there until he was 15 years old and then moved to...
Rothacker Smith served as a medic in the Army in Italy during World War 2 where he was wounded and later captured by...
Trinidad Ledesma was born in November 1924 in Downey, California. His parents did not speak English. They only spoke...
Linda Hope was born in 1939 [Annotator’s Note: She is the daughter of Bob and Dolores Hope]. She never realized the...
Major L. Cohn was born in Manhattan, New York in October 1927. He grew up in Brooklyn during the difficult times of the...

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