U.S. At War: They Saw the Japs

From some of its own citizens, jailed in the Far East after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. learned what it means to be a Japanese prisoner. The civilians, safe in Portuguese East Africa after a prisoner exchange, sent home stories that made grim reading.

Tokyo Diary. New York Times Correspondent Otto D. Tolischus was jailed in Tokyo with six other American newsmen and a Canadian newswoman named Phyllis Argall. His report:

"We were held in solitary confinement under severest conditions of hardship for six months on charges of espionage and violation of the...

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