I will lump the missive of Johanne E. M. Zell with the rest of those who, with apologies to Times writer Charles Champlin, have "appalling little historical information about their country. . . . Their past was yesterday afternoon, or perhaps only earlier this morning." Their position in opposing reparations for Japanese Americans who were interned I find repulsive and lacking in historical scholarship and intellectual honesty.
It has been established in our courts of law, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, that mass relocation and imprisonment of Japanese Americans was done for racial reasons.
I would call Zell's attention (and others with similar views) to the fact that German Americans in Wisconsin, with the support of U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, came to the aid and support of German SS soldiers who had been tried and convicted for the Malmedy Massacre of American soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge. Death sentences for some were commuted.
I would call her attention to the fact that more than 95% of the cases involving fifth-column activities involved persons of German and Italian descent.