Gordon Hirabayashi

Gordon Hirabayashi, a 24-year-old senior at the University of Washington, arrived at the FBI office in Seattle on May 16, 1942, the date that he had been ordered to register for exclusion. He handed the FBI agent a four-page statement that explained why he refused to register. Hirabayashi was raised as a Quaker and trained as a pacifist, and his reasons for refusal stemmed from his religious convictions and pacifism. Hirabayashi was arrested and his case became an important test of the constitutionality of exclusion. In 1986, Hirabayashi's case was reopened and his convictions surrounding the incarceration were vacated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing in part that, "racial bias was the cornerstone of the internment orders."

Gordon Hirabayashi (97)

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Indictment paperwork for Gordon Hirabayashi (ddr-densho-72-92)
doc Indictment paperwork for Gordon Hirabayashi (ddr-densho-72-92)
U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi, Cr. Case No. 45738; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Northern Division; Records of the U.S. District Courts (Record Group 21).
U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi Judgment and Sentence (ddr-densho-72-96)
doc U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi Judgment and Sentence (ddr-densho-72-96)
U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi, Cr. Case No. 45738; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Northern Divison; Records of the U.S. District Courts (Record Group 21).
U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi Government's Requested Instructions (ddr-densho-72-95)
doc U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi Government's Requested Instructions (ddr-densho-72-95)
U.S. v. Gordon Hirabayashi, Cr. Case No. 45738; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Northern Division; Records of the U.S. District Courts (Record Group 21).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 10 (March 13, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 10 (March 13, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-10)
Selected article titles: "Asian Admissions: UC Berkeley Report Fails to Silence Critics" (pp. 1, 3-4), "Arguments Heard in Appeal of 1985 Hirabayashi Ruling" (p. 1), "Getting Nikkei Singles Together--Nationally" (p. 5), and "Conference to Promote Sansei Leadership" (p. 8).
Gordon Hirabayashi - Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1012-9-6)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi - Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1012-9-6)
Support of parents in Gordon's initial case (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ...

Jim Hirabayashi - Rick Shiomi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-12-4)
vh Jim Hirabayashi - Rick Shiomi Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-12-4)
Gordon Hirabayashi's incredible wartime story (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material ...

Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1012-2-7)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1012-2-7)
Circulating a written statement detailing reasons for resistance (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ...

Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-2-11)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-2-11)
Memories of jail: reunited with parents (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material ...

Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-5-11)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1002-5-11)
Description of brother Gordon Hirabayashi's wartime stand and trial

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead ...

Gordon Hirabayashi Interview III Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-19-4)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview III Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-19-4)
Refusing release on bail: either jail or the concentration camps, freedom not an option
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview III Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-19-7)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview III Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-19-7)
Life behind bars: role as "tank mayor" and influence on fellow prisoners
Peter Irons Interview II Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-127-23)
vh Peter Irons Interview II Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-127-23)
Gordon Hirabayashi's case in Seattle federal court, "a partial victory"
Gordon Hirabayashi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-17)
vh Gordon Hirabayashi Interview I (ddr-densho-1000-17)
Nisei male. Born April 23, 1918, in Seattle, Washington. Spent most of his childhood in Thomas, Washington, where his parents were part of a Christian farming co-op. Attended the University of Washington where he was active in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the conscientious objector movement, and became a Quaker. At the outbreak of ...
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