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Title: Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview
Narrators: Fred Korematsu, Kathryn Korematsu
Interviewers: Lorraine Bannai (primary); Tetsuden Kashima (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: May 14, 1996
Densho ID: denshovh-kfred_g-01-0002

LB: How did you reach your decision to violate the internment order?

MA: In general, what, who were the other internees there? Where were they from? Were they from all over?

FK: Well, I actually didn't make a decision; it was more or less forced on me by me being arrested and so forth. I felt that, that, you know, that, "Hey, this is wrong," and that I was an American, and they were doing this to me. And I went along with the rest until, if there was any possibilities of... if there were an opportunity for me. I knew I was going to go to court. I didn't know how I was gonna attack it, because I didn't have any of these legal experience behind me. But I was, I was determined that my rights were violated, and making me an "enemy alien" was wrong. And so, back of my mind, I didn't have -- at that time -- I didn't have any of my friends or my relatives or my family alongside of me to make this decision. So therefore it was quite difficult for me at that time.

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