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In an effort to break the resistance movement, camp administrators brought in the Fair Play Committee leaders for interrogations, threatening to take them away from their families and ship them to the Segregation Center at Tule Lake. The JACL obliged by denouncing the movement in its house organ, the Pacific Citizen. The camp newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel, owed its continued existence to the administration and was also staunchly pro-JACL. The War Department brought in the war hero, Ben Kuroki, to rally support and quash resistance. The government silenced James Omura by having him fired from the Rocky Shimpo. Then the arrests began.

Documents and Photographs
Interrogation of Frank Emi--Day 1 (March 31, 1944)
The camp director tries to get Emi to incriminate himself in a conspiracy so he can ship him off to the Tule Lake Segregation Center. Emi does not oblige.

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Interrogation of Frank Emi--Day 2 (April 4, 1944)
The camp director tries to get Emi to incriminate himself in a conspiracy so he can ship him off to the Tule Lake Segregation Center. Emi does not oblige.

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JAMES OMURA remembers
Omura on threats from Min Yasui.

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Pacific Citizen
"The Rocky Shimpo" (April 1, 1944)
Editorial against James Omura.
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"The Bitter Harvest" (April 8, 1944)
Editorial against the Fair Play Committee
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"War Hero's Visit" (May 6, 1944)
Editorial in support of Sgt. Ben Kuroki.
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"The Draft Cases" (May 20, 1944)
Editorial on resisters in jail.
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Heart Mountain Sentinel
"Our Cards on the Table" (March 11, 1944)
Front-page editorial against draft resistance.
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"Provocateurs" (March 18, 1944)
Editorial against Fair Play Committee.
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"Two Objectives" (June 17, 1944)
Editorial on start of mass trial of 63.
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"Years of Uselessness" (July 1, 1944)
Editorial on sentencing of 63 resisters.
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Rocky Shimpo
"Editor Threatened" ( March 31, 1944)
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Sgt. Ben Kuroki at Heart Mountain (April 24-27, 1944)
This sequence of 5 photos follows Sgt. Ben Kuroki on what Prof. Art Hansen calls his "tour of duty" to Heart Mountain. These photos were shot by Bud Aoyama for the War Relocation Authority.
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