Inquisition in Los Angeles

Recovering from malaria in a California Marine camp, 22-year-old Marine Pfc. Robert E. Borchers of Chicago one night wrote a letter to the American Legion:

"I am one of the fortunate Marines who have recently returned to this country after serving in the offensive against the Japanese on Guadalcanal. . . . We find . . . a condition behind our backs that stuns us. We find that our American citizens, those of Japanese ancestry, are being persecuted, yes, persecuted as though Adolf Hitler himself were in charge.

"We find that the California...

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