I enjoyed learning this chapter of Omaha's history in this morning's paper. Father Flanagan of Boystown helped hundreds of Japanese leave internment camps and come live on the farm here in Omaha. Flanagan objected to the internment.
“I see no disaster threatening us because of any particular race, creed or color,” Flanagan said around this time. “But I do see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the ‘wrong’ race, has skin of the ‘wrong’ color or worships at the ‘wrong’ altar.”
Another example of Flanagan's Christian perspective:
Flanagan wrote to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover about Okura’s case: “Either these people are guilty of subversive activities ... or they are not. If not — they are trying to be decent American citizens.”
Okura eventually was allowed to go to Boys Town and helped more than 200 more detainees leave the internment camps.