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Title: Esther Takei Nishio Interview
Narrator: Esther Takei Nishio
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: September 21, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-nesther-01-0032

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SY: And did you stay in touch with, with Hugh Anderson after the hearings?

EN: Yes. He'd come to see us or call us every year somehow.

SY: And his family as well?

EN: Yes, his family. Yes, he had a wonderful family of young children; they're all grown up now. They're all married. But I've lost touch with them recently.

SY: They stayed, his family, he stayed a Quaker throughout his life?

EN: Yes, he did.

SY: But you're not sure about his family, whether they carried on.

EN: Right.

SY: But you had a, there was a program at the Japanese American National Museum where you spoke about being helped by the Quakers.

EN: That might have been the forum, democracy, forum on democracy or something.

SY: So was this after he passed away?

EN: I believe he passed away several years before that, yes.

SY: Before that. So you were able to talk about that whole experience again.

EN: I was glad to do something for him 'cause there hasn't been too much publicity about that group that helped us so much.

SY: And were there others there who talked about being helped by him?

EN: No. I don't think they knew about him.

SY: Really? So you really, he really took a special...

EN: Yeah, definitely. We really wanted to preserve his memory.

SY: But the fact that he, you were sort of handpicked by him to, to help.

EN: Yes.

SY: I mean, I'm sure there must have been others that he assisted in a more general way.

EN: I'm sure. Yes, definitely.

SY: But he never took in any other Japanese?

EN: I'm the only one who stayed with his family during that period.

SY: Yeah, so he was obviously close, there was a reason that he chose, again, that he chose you.

EN: Possibly. [Laughs]

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