Portfolio > After the War: A family history

Great-grandfather Tokuji, pictured last row, second from right was taken to Sands Island Detention Center in Hawaii and later transported to a DOJ Detention Facility in Santa Fe, NM where he remained for the duration of the war.

My aunt recalls that her grandfather "waited for the dreaded knock on the door" by the FBI after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. All of great-grandfather's friends, mostly journalists and prominent public figures in Hawaii, were arrested and separated from their families during the war. Some renounced their US citizenship and were sent to Japan but great-grandpa Tokuji eventually returned to his family in Hawaii after the war. Although, it was said, that his experience in the detention camps left deep emotional scars.