Winking at Death: Memoir of a World War II POW

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Merritt Eugene Lawlis (Gene, as he is known to family and friends) was a prisoner of theJapanese toward the end of World War II on Hainan Island, China. He and two others from a crew of five were shot down in their B-25 and capturedby the Japanese. After five months of near starvation and frequent beatings, they were saved by the dropping of the two atomic bombs. Yet why they survived (and not others) has haunted Gene ever since. In Winking at Death he reflects on hisown experiences as a POW, and examines the accounts of other POWs, in anattempt to make sense of what survival means in POW life. In the midst of theall-pervasive fear, for example, he discovers that joy and laughter-howeverfleeting-help POWs to stay alive.

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Gene Lawlis was born in 1918 and grew up in Indiana. He graduated from Wabash College and then traveled to Arizona, where he worked for several months as an assistant embalmer and then as a journalist. When the U.S. joined the war effort in 1941, he enlisted in what was then called the Air Corps. After teaching navigation for about three years, he served as a navigator. His B-25 was shot down on his third mission, and he became a POW of the Japanese for about five months, on Hainan Island, China. Gene married Naomi Abel just after the war, earned a Ph.D. from Harvard, and taught English and Comparative Literature at Indiana University for 32 years. He has three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson. At the ripe old age of 90, those few months on Hainan Island continue to impact him: 63 years later, every moment is precious, and he is happy to be alive.

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