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WWII Internment of Alaska Aleuts Recounted

Jeannette J. Lee

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Mary Bourdukofsky, an Alaska Native, was at home on rugged St. Paul Island one Sunday in the summer of 1942 when her husband rushed breathlessly through the door from his weekly baseball game.

The federal government was in the process of forcing 881 Aleuts to move from their homes on the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea to dank wartime internment camps in the rain forest of Southeast Alaska 1,500 miles away.

``He came running in and said, 'They've stopped the ball game. They've come to evacuate us,''' Bourdukofsky said.

A new documentary film, ``Aleut Story,'' recounts the little-known internment of Aleuts during World War II. Many in the film speak publicly for the first time about their experiences in the camps, where they were sent after troops from Japan invaded Alaska's western outposts in June 1942.

On the Net:
http://www.aleutstory.tv/

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Posted: 14-Dec-05



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