Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
By Joanne Oppenheim
To Americans of Japanese ancestry, World War II came like a hurricane that swept away their security and freedom. On December 7, 1941, they woke up as citizens and by nightfall, after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, they were the enemy who could not be trusted. In a matter of months they would be imprisoned by their own government. Their only crime was having the "wrong" ancestors.
While wars are usually told in terms of great battles and major victories, the true story of war is often reflected in acts of courage. Dear Miss Breed is the account of how a remarkable librarian became a lifeline to "her children," as she called the middle- and high-school-age Japanese Americans of San Diego whom she had come to know and love. This powerful book tells of Japanese Americans who were wrongly imprisoned by their own government and of one determined librarian who encouraged their children. Copies of their correspondence, photographs, and recent interviews with survivors make this an outstanding collection of stories.
Paperback: 288 pp