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Colonel Bendetsen showed himself to be a little Hitler. I mentioned that we had an orphanage with children of Japanese ancestry, and that some of these children were half Japanese, others one fourth or less. I asked which children should we send…. Bendetsen said: “I am determined that if they have one drop of Japanese blood in them, they must go to camp.

Father Hugh T. Lavey of the Catholic Maryknoll Center, quoted in Werner, Through the Eyes of Innocents, p. 85

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