By Phillip Towle, Margaret Kosuge, Yoichi Kibata
During the second one global struggle the japanese have been stereotyped within the eu and American mind's eye as fanatical, merciless and virtually inhuman. This view is unhistorical and simplistic. It fails to realize that the japanese have been performing at a time of ideal nationwide obstacle and it fails to take account in their personal old culture. The essays in eastern Prisoners of warfare, via either Western and jap students, discover the query from a balanced perspective, it within the mild of longer-term impacts, particularly the japanese try to determine themselves as an honorary white race. The publication additionally addresses the opposite part of the query, the therapy of jap prisoners in Allied captivity.
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4 Rohan D. Rivett, Behind Bamboo (Ringwood, Victoria, 1946), p. 158. 18 JAPANESE P R I S O N E R S OF WAR held at Kuala Lumpur. 5 Lieutenant-Colonel E. E. 'Weary' Dunlop was captured in Sumatra, some weeks after the surrender at Singapore. Dunlop was eventually sent to work on the railway where he made his name as an outstandingly resourceful officer and doctor. In common with thousands of other POWs, Dunlop passed through Changi en route to the railway. On 7 January 1943 he commented on his initial sight of the camp: As we moved on we noticed splendid stone buildings in a beautiful part of the Island filled with British and Australian troops and - an astonishing sight diggers on guard controlling traffic at points.
19 Bombardier Parry thought 'hey! '20 Initially the POWs were allowed to roam at will over a large proportion of the Changi base before the Japanese eventually imposed the minimum of restrictions and sub-divided the camp into areas. This meant that a group or individual now needed to be in possession of an official flag that was to be carried when men proceeded from one area to another. The Japanese also decided to erect a wire fence around each area and around the camp as a whole. ), p. 2. , p.
While the appalling conditions on the railway are well known, indeed provide the raw materials from which popular perceptions of Japanese-held POWs are drawn, the altogether different conditions at Changi have, by contrast, received little attention. In 1946 Rohan Rivett published Behind Bamboo, one of the first accounts of captivity at the hands of the Japanese. 4 Kenneth Harrison was captured on the Malayan mainland and 1 Australian War Memorial, henceforth AWM, PR85/145, A. W. Rogers, Captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, diary entry for 29 May 1943.
Japanese Prisoners of War by Phillip Towle, Margaret Kosuge, Yoichi Kibata