Athens : Ohio University Center for International Studies, c1996.
Book — xii, 219 p. ; 22 cm.
1. Fore-Fathers and Mothers
2. The Indies, Why We Were There
3. The Indies, Our Home
4. The Unexpected Arrives
5. First Encounter
7. The Public School, Camp 1
8. My H.B.S. and Camp Dibbits, Camps 2 and 3
9. To Sumowono via Kletjoh, Camps 4 and 5
10. Sumowono, continued
11. Ambarawa 2, Camp 6
12. Ambarawa 2, continued
13. Moving Again
14. Muntilan, Camp 7
15. Muntilan, More Stories
16. Banjubiru, Camp 8, and Freedom?
17. Fort Willem I. Camp 9
18. From Semarang to Batavia, Camps 10 and 11
19. The Queen Emma
20. Singapore I, Camp Irene, Number 12
21. Singapore II, Camp Irene
22. Ids' and Papa's Stories
23. The Alcantara
24. On the Alcantara to Holland
25. We Arrived
26. It Never Ended.
Eldest daughter of eight children, the author grew up in Surakarta, Java, in what is now Indonesia. In the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, however, Dutch nationals were rounded up by Japanese soldiers and put in internment camps. Her father and brother were sent to separate men's camps, leaving the author, her mother, and the five younger children in the women's camp. In this and later seven other prison camps in central Java, their lives gradually deteriorated from early days of fear and crowding to near starvation, forced labor, beatings, and seeing others disappear or die. On the family's return to Holland after the war, they found a nation recovering from German occupation and largely ignorant of the horror of the Far East experience. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
A first-hand account of life as a Japanese prisoner during the Second World War which reveals how Mitchell was taken to Japan as part of an overseas force and set to work levelling agricultural land for an airfield, before being moved to work at the furnaces of a foundry, and then to a coal mine. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
St. Leonards, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 1993.
Book — xxiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A Sunday lament-- it's good being free-- too much of a good thing-- the most exciting day-- undreamed-of luxury-- a would-be correspondent-- finally, some money!-- all this mail!-- moving out-- in touch with things again-- this accursed lack of pence-- "you understand?"-- news from home!-- another anniversary apart-- free to shake the shackles-- we're well on the way!-- lost and found-- 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion prisoners of wars.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This work tells how one prisoner of war prepared himself, mentally and physically, for his journey home after three and a half years of brutal captivity in Java, Burma and Thailand during World War II. Staff Sergeant Cecil Dickson was a member of the 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, which was forced to surrender to the Japanese in March 1942. His engineering unit bore the heaviest work in constructing the Burma-Thailand railway. The author draws on Dickson's letters home to his wife, and on research and interviews with many surviving Pioneers, to paint a dramatic picture of prisoner-of-war life under the Japanese. Readers can discover what it felt like to emerge abruptly from one day's starvation to the next day's air-drops, and from being in regimented captivity to being in charge of one's own time again. Dickson's writings also provide a glimpse of one man's determination to free his mind from continued captivity by replacing bitter memories with the sights and sounds of post-war Bangkok, and with tender thoughts of reunion with loved ones. (source: Nielsen Book Data)