Floyd Schmoe Interview I Segment 2

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Setting up an American Friends Service Committee office at the onset of war to try and "prevent the internment"

In this interview Mr. Schmoe refers to Aki Kurose, a former employee, fellow Quaker, peace activist, and long-time friend. At the time of this interview, Ms. Kurose had recently passed away after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of this interview, Mr. Schmoe is 102 years old.

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June 10, 1998

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Floyd Schmoe

Floyd Schmoe Interview I

01:16:42 — 14 segments

June 10, 1998

Seattle, Washington

White male born September 21, 1895. He is a sixth generation Quaker and an internationally recognized pacifist and peace activist. He has been a forest ecologist, marine biologist, college professor, and leader of many volunteer service groups. During World War II, he was a leader in persuading colleges outside of the evacuation zone to accept Japanese American students, and in many other ways served the Japanese American community during their incarceration, and as they restarted their lives following the war. At the end of the war, he turned his attention to Japan and worked on recovery efforts there by building homes in Hiroshima. At the age of ninety-five he created the Seattle Peace Park, planning, bulldozing and planting the park in memorial to lives lost in the bombing of Japan, and as a testimony to peace. Mr. Schmoe passed away on April 20, 2001.

(In this interview Mr. Schmoe refers to Aki Kurose, a former employee, fellow Quaker, peace activist, and long-time friend. At the time of this interview, Ms. Kurose had recently passed away after a long struggle with cancer. At the time of this interview, Mr. Schmoe is 102 years old.)

Elmer Good, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer

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