"My grandmother and her fellow prisoners could choose from a variety of jobs: gardening, mowing, serving food, cleaning the restrooms and other public areas. There were even postal workers, doctors, police officers, and electricians. Refusing the work, they all understood, might be interpreted as defiance. Obaachan’s father warned them to be careful never to act in way that might be perceived as rebellion. He believed that if his family followed the rules and complied with all requests, they would be treated better. He did not seem troubled that he’d already complied with every single one of the government’s requests—-handing in his radio, following the stipulations of the Five-Mile Curfew back in Los Angeles—-yet he’s been forced out of his home anyway."
"I am, now as before, of the opinion that I did the best that I could do for my nation. I therefore do not regret my conduct and will bear the consequences that result from my conduct."
Sophie was convicted of high treason for distributing leaflets as part of the anti-Nazi White Rose resistance group. Sophie was executed by guillotine on February 22, 1943. She was 21 years of age.
"It is important for all of us to know the story of the people of the United States as a whole, and every minority group has contributed toward the making of our nation. The Negroes have done much for our country. There are no wars in which they have not participated. Their poets, writers, artists, musicians, educators and scientists have contributed to the culture and development of the people."
Eleanor Roosevelt writing about “Negro History Week” in her My Day newspaper column
February 13, 1943