TREASON: Your Old Friend

Like gas-rationing and the nylon shortage, Tokyo Rose had faded fast in most people's memories. Veterans of the Pacific war remembered her, though—and so did the U.S. Government. Last week, in a rococo marble courtroom in San Francisco, the Government put California-born Tokyo Rose on trial for treason.

Of the seven Tokyo Roses who had broadcast to U.S. troops, she was the only American. Her real name was Iva Toguri. Born in Los Angeles on the Fourth of July, 1916, she was like most first-generation Japanese-Americans, more American than Japanese. She went to movies and the races, hero-worshiped James Stewart,...

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