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Captured

The Japanese Internment of American Civilians in the Philippines, 1941-1945

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More than five thousand American civilian men, women, and children living in the Philippines during World War II were confined to internment camps following Japan's late December 1941 victories in Manila. Captured tells the story of daily life in five different camps-the crowded housing, mounting familial and international tensions, heavy labor, and increasingly severe malnourishment that made the internees' rescue a race with starvation. Frances B. Cogan explores the events behind this nearly four-year captivity, explaining how and why this little-known internment occurred. A thorough historical account, the book addresses several controversial issues about the internment, including Japanese intentions toward their prisoners and the U.S. State Department's role in allowing the presence of American civilians in the Philippines during wartime. Supported by diaries, memoirs, war crimes transcripts, Japanese soldiers' accounts, medical data, and many other sources, Captured presents a detailed and moving chronicle of the internees' efforts to survive. Cogan compares living conditions within the internment camps with life in POW camps and with the living conditions of Japanese soldiers late in the war. An afterword discusses the experiences of internment survivors after the war, combining medical and legal statistics with personal anecdotes to create a testament to the thousands of Americans whose captivity haunted them long after the war ended.

Product code: 9780820355405

ISBN 9780820355405
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 384
Publisher University of Georgia Press
More than five thousand American civilian men, women, and children living in the Philippines during World War II were confined to internment camps. Captured tells the story of daily life in five different camps - the crowded housing, mounting familial and international tensions, heavy labour, and increasingly severe malnourishment.