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A story that deserves far wider recognition,
This review is from: Surviving The Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45 (Paperback)
For some obscure political reason, the plight of the allied soldiers captured by the Japanese in World War Two was not greatly publicised.
They were in fact exposed to an extermination policy just as ruthless as that perpetrated by the Nazis, albeit not using poison gas. Stabbings, shootings, beatings, starvation, dehydration, extreme forms of slave labour, and witholding basic essential medical care, were the chosen instruments of slaughter.
The particular Japanese regime responsible for the genocide, like the Nazis, had arisen quickly in the previous two decades, and took the world partly by surprise with the ferocity of its evil onslaught.
This book, an assimilation of stories provided by the minority of captives - the survivors - is a factual account of the horrors and atrocities. It makes for slow reading ; a civilised mind can only digest so much at one sitting. The heroes are there - quietly determined to preserve human dignity in whatever way possible - in the face of barbaric and sadistic brutality.
Read this moving book - much of which is too shocking to convey in a film or TV representation - and acknowledge the sacrifices made by the thousands murderously executed by the Japanese `Sword'.