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4,000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home

Linda Goetz Holmes

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207 pages. A respected historian and researcher Publishers WeeklyA prize is waiting somewhere out there, which Linda Holmes richly deserves for revisiting some appalling realities in a positive way fifty years after the fact. Nancy Steffens Seaman, Smithsonian magazines Board of EditorsA tribute to courage and determination of the men who endured it. . . I ate the book up, and was disappointed to come to the end so fast, and this hasnt happened to me in a long time. Otto Schwarz, Burma Railway survivor and founder, USS Houston Survivors Association. Linda Goetz Holmes has focused on a most interesting, and somewhat neglected, period of the Allied POW experience the hiatus between the end of the war and the return home. . . A useful addition to the growing body of literature on the Allied POW experience in Asia. Tim Bowden, Australian author and documentary producer. During the early days of World War II, Cecil Dickson and much of the 22 Australian Pioneer Battalion were forced to surrender to the Japanese. This group of POWs, along with captured American National Guard soldiers from Texas and California, and survivors from the sunk USS Houston, were shipped to Burma and Thailand to construct the infamous Railway of Death immortalized in the film Bridge Over the River Kwai. 16, 000 Allied POWs would die toiling on the railway, and those who lived endured over three years of harsh slave labor until they were released to journey home. Respected military historian Linda Goetz Holmes tells Dicksons story of his experiences in Japanese labor camps and his determined plan to survive and return to a normal life. Amazing photographs, taken secretly by other prisoners, and personal letters help chronicle this dark chapter in the history of Allied troops in the Pacific. Linda Goetz Holmes is the first Pacific War historian appointed to the U. S. Government Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, tasked with locating and declassifying documents about World War II war crimes. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has been writing about Pacific prisoners of war for 30 years, and has been interviewed many times by national and local TV and radio stations, and appeared in documentaries on the History Channel, Fox News, and ABC 2020, to name but a few. She is also the author of: Unjust Enrichment: How Japans Companies Built Post-War Fortunes Using American POWs (2001) and a frequent speaker to veterans groups. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781883283513

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Title: 4,000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes...

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OVER 60,000 Australians and Americans captured by the Japanese during World War II toiled and died to build the Bridge over the River Kwai. Respected military historian Linda Goetz Holmes tells the story of one man's survival in Japanese labor camps during WWII. Amazing photographs, taken secretly by other prisoners, chronicle this dark history of Allied troops in the Pacific theatre of war.

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This account of World War II captivity under the Japanese is only half as depressing as most, because historian Holmes spends much of this book recounting happier events during the long incarceration before all POWs returned home, more than three months after Japan's surrender. The author's central figure, Australian Staff Sergeant Cecil Dickson, had been a reporter for a Melbourne paper who wrote regularly to his wife. Already a veteran of fighting in the Middle East, he was returning home with his battalion in January 1942 when it was diverted to Java. Eventually, the battalion joined masses of American, British, Australian and Dutch prisoners working under brutal conditions on the Singapore-Burma railway, where 15,000 POWs and far more civilians died. Holmes provides a vivid description of the sadistic cruelty inflicted on prisoners, arguing that this followed the Japanese samurai tradition of contempt for warriors who surrender, despite evidence that mistreating prisoners was deliberate government policy. Between stories of suffering, often illustrated with photographs hidden till after the war, the author describes the exhilarating months after Japan's surrender when prisoners received their first nourishing food (and often first clothes) in four years. Dickson's newly discovered letters provide a lively picture of day-to-day life in postwar Thailand as the Allies slowly organized to evacuate tens of thousands of POWs. (Sept.)
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