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Dear Miss Breed

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The real life story of how San Diego children’s librarian Clara Breed became an unlikely hero to Japanese American youth in one of America’s concentration camps.

Excerpts from some of the 250 letters Miss Breed saved from wartime correspondences with the students are combined with rare home movies to tell the story of incarceration and eventual resettlement through their own words.

Suggested grades: 6-8.

View letters from JANM’s Clara Breed Collection online >>

Release date: 2000

Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, Council on Foundations, 2002;
34th Annual Worldfest Houston, Grand Prize nomination, Special Gold Jury Award, Historical, 2001;
Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Honorable Mention, 2000



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