THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 31, 1944: Frank S. Emi Interrogated

Frank Emi Frank Emi (right), leader of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, stands with supporter Kozie Sakai in a photo taken at the height of the draft resistance movement, 1944, Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Courtesy of Frank Abe and Frank Emi.

#tdih 1944 Frank Emi, leading figure in the Fair Play Committee, was interrogated. The Fair Play Committee was an ad hoc group that protested the drafting of Japanese Americans during World War II. Emi later explained: “I could not believe that the government could actually put us in camp, strip us of everything . . . and then order us into the military as if nothing had happened.”

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