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Attu Boy

A Young Alaskan’s WWII Memoir

Edited by Rachel Mason With a Preface by Brenda Maly

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Attu Boy

A Young Alaskan’s WWII Memoir

Edited by Rachel Mason With a Preface by Brenda Maly
In the quiet of morning, exactly six months after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese touched down on American soil. Landing on the remote Alaska island of Attu, they assailed an entire village, holding the Alaskan villagers for two months and eventually corralling all survivors into a freighter bound for Japan.
One of those survivors, Nick Golodoff, became a prisoner of war at just six years old. He was among the dozens of Unangan Attu residents swept away to Hokkaido, and one of only twenty-five to survive. Attu Boy tells Golodoff’s story of these harrowing years as he found both friendship and cruelty at the hands of the Japanese. It offers a rare look at the lives of civilian prisoners and their captors in WWII-era Japan. It also tells of Golodoff’s bittersweet return to a homeland torn apart by occupation and forced internments. Interwoven with other voices from Attu, this richly illustrated memoir is a testament to the struggles, triumphs, and heartbreak of lives disrupted by war.

180 pages | 40 photos, 2 maps, 2 charts | 6 x 9 | © 2015

History: American History, Military History


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Attu Boy: A Young Alaskan’s WWII Memoir is the firsthand account of Nick Golodoff, a six-year-old Unangan boy who survived the invasion and three years as a Japanese prisoner of war in Otaru on Hokkaido Island.… Attu Boy is a fundamental text for any scholar of Alaska, Alaska Natives, WWII in the Pacific, and the field of Indigenous studies.

Jessica Leslie Arnett | Native American and Indigenous Studies

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface by Brenda Maly
 
Introduction
A Young Boy’s Experience during World War II
Attu before the War
Prewar Fears and Clues about Japanese Invasion
The Japanese Invasion, June 7, 1942
Life as a Japanese POW
Return and Resettlement
Nick’s Connection to Japan
Reflections on Life in Atka
Growing Up and Going to School
Left Behind by the Military
Working Life
Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife
Atka is Far Away from Anywhere Else
Learning from the Elders
Relatives from Attu
Commentary and First-Person Accounts
Attu before the War
Prewar Fears and Clues about Japanese Invasion
The Japanese Invasion, June 7, 1942
Life as a Japanese POW
Return and Resettlement
Nick’s Connection to Japan
Epilogue
 
Appendix: Attu Prehistory and History
Bibliography

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