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The Resource Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45

Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45

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Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
Title
Surviving the sword
Title remainder
prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this book, the author draws on the diaries of American, British, Dutch, and Australian Fepows (Far Eastern prisoners of war). Risking torture and execution to keep diaries and make sketches and drawings, the prisoner recorded not just a litany of horrors, but a moving statement to the nobler instincts of humanity as well. --book jacket
  • Many prisoners held by the Japanese during WWII were so scarred by their experiences that afterwards they could not discuss them even with their families, believing their brutal treatment was literally incomprehensible. But some were determined that posterity should know how they were starved and beaten, marched almost to death or transported on 'hellships, ' used as slave labour, and how thousands died from tropical diseases. They risked torture or execution to keep secret diaries and make drawings that they hid wherever they could, sometimes in the graves of lost comrades. The diaries tell of inhumanity and degradation, but there are also inspirational stories of courage, comradeship and compassion. When men have unwillingly plumbed the depths of human misery, said one prisoner, the artist Ronald Searle, they form a silent understanding of what solidarity, friendship and kindness to others can mean. The diaries and interviews with surviving prisoners drawn on in SURVIVING THE SWORD tell a new generation about that solidarity, friendship and kindness
  • World history: Second World War
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MacArthur, Brian
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Label
Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt I. 1. Surrender -- 2. Changi -- 3. The railway of death -- 4. The real story of the bridge on the River Kwai -- 5. "Speedo" -- 6. Sonkurai : Valley of the shadow of death -- 7. The railway opens -- Pt II. 8. Survival -- 9. Books -- 10. Food -- 11. Religion -- 12. Jungle medicine -- 13. Smoking Gone with the wind -- 14. King Rat -- 15. Letters -- 16. Entertainment -- 17. Sports -- 18. Ingenuity -- 19. The "canaries" -- 20. Officers and gentlemen -- Pt III. 21. The hellships -- 22. Japan -- 23. Haruku -- 24. Sandakan -- 25. Changi 1944-45 -- 26. Freedom -- 27. Home at last
Control code
23502861
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xvi, 494 pages
Isbn
9780349119373
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 23502861
  • (Sirsi) 23502861
Label
Surviving the sword : prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-439) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt I. 1. Surrender -- 2. Changi -- 3. The railway of death -- 4. The real story of the bridge on the River Kwai -- 5. "Speedo" -- 6. Sonkurai : Valley of the shadow of death -- 7. The railway opens -- Pt II. 8. Survival -- 9. Books -- 10. Food -- 11. Religion -- 12. Jungle medicine -- 13. Smoking Gone with the wind -- 14. King Rat -- 15. Letters -- 16. Entertainment -- 17. Sports -- 18. Ingenuity -- 19. The "canaries" -- 20. Officers and gentlemen -- Pt III. 21. The hellships -- 22. Japan -- 23. Haruku -- 24. Sandakan -- 25. Changi 1944-45 -- 26. Freedom -- 27. Home at last
Control code
23502861
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xvi, 494 pages
Isbn
9780349119373
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 23502861
  • (Sirsi) 23502861

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