Great Meadows, N.J. wanted no Japs. But Farmer Ed Kowalick needed help badly on his 600-acre farm. Neighbors put up crude signs reading "Little Tokyo, One Mile" near Kowalick's farm. Ed Kowalick stayed stubbornly silent, and the five Japanese he had imported from an Arizona relocation center huddled together around a table in their little house. They decided to stick it out. Said Frank Kitagawa, their spokesman: "We are willing to suffer if we can win pursuit of happiness for future generations of our people, and a chance to educate our kids like Americans."

As darkness fell one night last...

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