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

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

by Frances B. Cogan
     
 


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, andSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820321172
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/27/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1. Pearl of the Orient: Manila and the Prewar Philippines9
2. First Dark Days33
3. Meanwhile, on Several Islands Not Far Away63
4. Inside the Gate: The Nature of the Japanese Administration
of the Civilian Internment Camps108
5. The Japanese Soldier's Ration: Food and Health in Civilian
Internment Camps147
6. Hunger Time: April 1943-February 1945177
7. A Roof over Their Heads: Shelter in Civilian Internment
Camps207
8. Idle Hands Are the Devil's Playground: Work in the Camps225
9. Angels and Tanks: Rescue Comes260
Epilogue311
Appendix319
A Note on Sources321
Notes333
Bibliography337
Index347

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