Artwork > Nerves on Fire: Reflections on WWII

Tokyo Rose, 2012

Tokyo Rose, WII,  radio broadcast to US troops
Acrylic on panel
18" x 24"

She was a radio siren, the Voice of the Enemy, spewing propaganda interspersed with music and chit-chat that brought back memories and preyed on the loneliness of the U.S. soldiers and sailors serving in the Pacific.

She told them that they were losing the war and that their sweet hearts back home were unfaithful to them.

They called her "Tokyo Rose." She became a legend that put a face on a horribly, devilish foe. This was Iva Toguri, a first generation Japanese American from Los Angeles who was caught up at the start of the war while visiting Japan.

After the war, she was convicted of treason and, later, pardoned by President Gerald Ford, a former naval officer in the Pacific. In later years, she lived quietly in Chicago, where she died in 2006.