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[Letter to Clara Breed from Tetsuzo (Ted) Hirasaki, Poston, Arizona, December 20, 1944]

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[Letter to Clara Breed from Tetsuzo (Ted) Hirasaki, Poston, Arizona, December 20, 1944]
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H: 10.5 in, W: 8 in (sheet); H: 3.5 in, W: 6.25 in (envelope)

Poston, Ariz., December 20, 1944


Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada


1 letter and envelope from Tetsuzo (Ted) Hirasaki to Clara Breed.

322-14-D / Poston, Arizona / Dec. 20, 1944 / Dear Miss Breed, / Thanks very much for your Christmas package. I am saving it for Christmas so I can have the thrill of opening it on that day. / The big news here is the lifting of the mass exclusion act for persons of Japanese Ancestry. Everything for leave processing has not been clarified as yet. All this rather has me all up in the air. I haven't been able to think much about it. The suddenness and the magnitude of the problem took me by surprise. / Christmas here in Poston will be one of Thanksgiving. However there are many who look with misgiving toward the new year with the prospect of the closing of the centers next year. They have nothing to start anew on the outside. / I am sending you some cigarettes as we have just about nothing else this year suitable for gifts. I am sure you can find someone who could make use of them. Cigarettes are rationed here at 1 pkg per person per day. / A Merry Christmas to you and your mother from dad and me. / Sincerely / Ted.

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