Item # 040005.
Produced by Neil Simon. Narrated by James Hattori.
During World War II, the U.S. government detained more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent in internment camps spread throughout the West. One camp was different. Run by the Department of Justice, the Santa Fe Camp held 4,555 men seen as the 'worst of the worst.' Despite their experience behind barbed wire, their story has largely been unknown -- a hole in the history books for the last 60 years.
This documentary is based on 20 hours of exclusive interviews with former Santa Fe survivors and their families, declassified government documents and private photographs. This film tells a story that, in many cases, fathers never told their own children after the war. Santa Fe's prisoners were all men -- some Japanese nationals, some U.S. citizens. Many were Buddhist ministers, some were businessmen, teachers or journalists from the West Coast, Hawaii, and Latin America whom the U.S. government feared would be able to gain large pro-Japanese followings.
Running time: 91 min.