Zoot Suit Files: Intelligence Report on Subversives


Sept. 24, 1942: Intelligence officer B.L. Canaga compiles a report on subversives that might be active in the 11th Naval District. His list includes communists, Japanese, Falangists, Sinarchists, Italians, Germans and acts of sabotage:

“Many prominent and wealthy motion picture writers (a great majority of them of the Jewish race) continue their activities in CP [Communist Party] front organizations.”

“General dissatisfaction among residents of relocation centers appears to be on the increase.”

This report is one of the items I found at the National Archives in Riverside. I’m posting it before getting into the material on the Zoot Suit Riots to provide some perspective on the attitudes of the era.

“Zoot Suit” and History, Part 1| Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7


About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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