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Title: Jim Akutsu Interview
Narrator: Jim Akutsu
Interviewer: Art Hansen
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 9 and 12, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-ajim-01-0043

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AH: Now, when you went to prison at McNeil Island, who of Japanese American ancestry -- I'm not talking about that one prisoner that was there -- but I mean of the group that came in as a result of the draft resistance. Were there all thirty of the ones from Minidoka, or did some of those go to Leavenworth?

JA: I think we all were together.

AH: All went to McNeil.

JA: Right.

AH: And did you see people there from Heart Mountain, too?

JA: Over in McNeil. But soon as we got in, we were pretty dangerous people, so what they did, they kept us and the Heart Mountain separate.

AH: Oh, they did?

JA: Yes, and then at a certain time they transferred 'em all out to the farm and we stayed in the main line.

AH: Oh, really? So you were both maximum security though, weren't you?

JA: We were.

AH: Yeah. But they treated, they kept you apart.

JA: Yeah, we never were mixed.

AH: So you never got to be close friends with the people from Heart Mountain, then, at McNeil?

JA: Well, once we got there, that was it, it was more or less all over. So we just were putting in time.

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