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Prison Koran Tricked Japs
Los Angeles Times (1923-Current Files); Nov 11, 1945:
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881-1987)
FOOLED JAPS - Ahmed Kamal and wife Amina show his mother, Mrs. Caroline Hathaway, novel in Turkish script, Bookmark clearance identifies it as Koran.
PRISON 'KORAN' TRICKED JAPS
Ahmed Kamal, in order to save the manuscripts of three books he wrote during Japanese imprisonnement, relied on the inadequacy of Japanese as linguists. He had a hunch, and it worked, he said yesterday.
In 1941, the American-born Kamal, son of Mrs. Caroline Hathaway, 465 S. Lake Street, was in the Orient seeking to retrieve some books and documents which he had stored in Turkestan on an earlier visit. War came, and with it imprisonnement for the young author and his bride, a Tatar from Central Asia.
"Then we spent almost four years behind prison barricades." said Mrs. Kamal, herself a linguist and a former correspondent for Russian papers. "We were shuffled about from camp to camp."