The Colonel and the Pacifist

Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito
and the
Incarceration of Japanese Americans
During World War II

by Klancy Clark de Nevers

The Colonel and the Pacifist tells the story of two men, Karl Bendetsen and Perry Saito, caught up in one of the most infamous episodes in American history: the forced internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.

In weaving together their contrasting stories, Klancy Clark de Nevers not only exposes unknown or little known aspects of World War II history, she also explores larger issues of racism and war that resonate through the years and ring eerily familiar to our post-9/11 ears.