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Title: Fred Korematsu - Kathryn Korematsu Interview
Narrators: Fred Korematsu, Kathryn Korematsu
Interviewers: Lorraine Bannai (primary); Tetsuden Kashima (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: May 14, 1996
Densho ID: denshovh-kfred_g-01-0019

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TK: Do you remember how you felt the day Judge Patel gave her decision?

KK: Well, you know, I was in the courtroom, and I was sitting back. I wasn't with the legal team, of course. And I sat there and I was impressed with her. And she was giving Victor Stone a bad time. [Laughs] And, you know, 'cause he was trying to get another delay, and I think, there'd been a lot of delays already and she had decided that there would be no more. And I was so excited that I had to, I had verify -- Lori came over to me -- and I had to verify with Lori, I said, "Did we win?" [Laughs] You know, because I wanted to be sure I had heard correctly. But it was, it was a great day, and I saw people crying. Our son was there, Fred's brother had come, he left immediately 'cause he had to go somewhere else and our son had to go to work. He had just taken off from work to be there. Our daughter happened to be in Japan on a trip that had already been planned before she knew the date of the hearing. And she wanted to know if she should stay for the hearing, I said no, this is, the trip was sort of like a once in a lifetime type of trip. And so she wasn't there, but she was overjoyed that her father was, had won.

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