The men who were chosen to act as administrators for the WRA were sympathetic towards the evacuees. Dillion S. Meyer the national director of the WRA referred to the Japanese-Americans as "unfortunate people who got caught in the middle of the war" (Lurie 1990: 45).
The regional WRA director of Colorado, Joseph H. Smart, maintained an office in Denver and allowed James G. Lindley, the project director of Amache, the freedom in running the day-to-day operations at the camp. Lindley was in his late 50's when was appointed Amache's director.
From the beginning he was involved in a number of camp projects and affairs. He particularly took pride in the outstanding results achieved by the camp's farm. "As a result of his humane policies and sympathetic attitude toward the internee's plight, Amache was considered by many government officials and internees themselves to be the least discordant of all of the camps in the country" (Lurie 1990: 47). Lindley wrote in his memoirs:
I have a lasting and deep regard for the Japanese people. It is hard for one to visualize any other people who would be so well behaved under similar conditions. In close contact with them for over three years, I can only admire their cheerful acceptance of unfair treatment; their overcoming of fear, resentment and frustration; their willingness to give of their time and efforts to make Amache work (quoted in Lurie 1990: 56-57).
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