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)
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)
On December 8, 1941, Japanese troops methodically took over the U.S. Marine guard posts at Peiping and Tientsin, causing both to surrender. Imprisoned first at Woosung and then at Kiangwan in China, the men were forced to laboriously construct a replica of Mount Fujiyama. It soon became apparent that their mountain was to be used as a rifle range. In 1945 the author was among those transferred to the coal mining camp at Uteshinai in Japan. Recounted here are descriptions of the living and working conditions at the prison camps in China, the treatment of American prisoners by their Japanese captors, and how the POWs were able to hold themselves together. (source: Nielsen Book Data)