Pearl Harbor Day Survivor Releases Memoir About Her Role in the 1946 Tokyo Trials

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In Defending the Enemy: Justice for the WWII Japanese War Criminals (Bascom Hill Publishing Group; December 2009; ISBN: 978-1-935456-03-2; $18.95), Fischel recounts her experience working in Tokyo as a legal secretary alongside the American attorneys assigned to defend Japanese war criminals.

To know an enemy can make all the difference in the world

Plenty has been written on the subject from a scholarly or political viewpoint but this winter author Elaine Fischel lends her voice and unique position to tell the story, not only of an extraordinary and conflicted time in America's history but also of an extraordinary and conflicted time in the life of a young woman.

In Defending the Enemy: Justice for the WWII Japanese War Criminals (Bascom Hill Publishing Group; December 2009; ISBN: 978-1-935456-03-2; $18.95), Fischel recounts her experience working in Tokyo as a legal secretary alongside the American attorneys assigned to defend Japanese war criminals. With photos, artful narrative, and a series of letters to her family, Fischel interweaves the activities and intrigues of the trial alongside her tales of travel throughout Japan, her social engagements with high-ranking military and civilians, and her enduring relationships, such as her friendship with Emperor Hirohito's brother, Prince Takamatsu.

This is a unique glimpse that goes far beyond what we can learn from objective historical texts. Fischel's story is a fascinating read for anyone interested in military or legal history, US allegiance to democracy, the place of women in 1940s in America and abroad, and all of us who want to hear an untold, firsthand account of a person grappling with her emotions. "To know an enemy can make all the difference in the world," Fischel writes.

Readers follow Fischel as she negotiates with herself and tries to explain the fondness she felt for many of the "villains" of WWII - particularly the prime minister and general Hideki Tojo.

The memoir will be available with all major online retailers and through http://www.defendingtheenemy.com

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