History Detectives explores whether a 1940s recording may have helped convict the woman alleged to be "Tokyo Rose".
Many GI's considered her a godsend. A familiar American voice keeping them company far from home. But, in a celebrated post-war trial, prosecutors portrayed her as an American devil, a siren who knowingly worked for the enemy, luring soldiers and sailors, then undermining their fighting spirit. In 1948, the woman who twice signed her name the "one and original Tokyo Rose," was brought back from Japan to face a grand jury. The war had ended, but her battle had just begun.
History Detectives investigates whether this object can explain the story behind her "confession?"
Documents from the trial of Iva Toguri
- Related Investigation Our Colored Heroes Is this a WWI recruitment poster... or something else?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Spanish Civil War Eulogy What can this faded document tell about a US volunteer fighting in another country’s civil war?
- Related Investigation Mussolini's Dagger Did a World War II GI return home with Mussolini's dagger?
- Also with Gwen Wright Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Texas POW Camp Was this small town in Texas the home of a WWII POW camp?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Theremin How did this strange instrument help spark a rock n’ roll revolution?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.