Letters of the Lost Children: Japan -- World War II

Letters of the Lost Children: Japan -- World War II

by Reinhold C. Ferster, Jan Atchley Bevan


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These letters are works of fiction, each based on true historical events. The authors were inspired by an album filled with genuine school and graduation photographs of very young Japanese student soldiers.

Near the end of World War II, there were so few men left to fight that boys as young as 13 were taken to serve in battle. These “Lost Children” remain unknown, as does the American G.I. who killed them in battle. He removed each photograph, both military and personal, from the pockets of their uniforms and, as was fairly common in war, the G.I. placed each photo into a personal album that he brought home at the end of World War II.

This book is designed to honor these long-deceased, unknown student soldiers who lived and died for their Emperor, at what would become the last of the Imperial Age of Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942016489
Publisher: Pisgah Press LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Reinhold C. Ferster, born in Buffalo, NY, studied commercial art at the University of Buffalo and Rochester Institute of Technology.
He served in the U.S. Navy aboard destroyers and later, as an illustrator in the Admiral's Public Information Office, Newport, Rhode Island. He also served simultaneously as a 2nd Lt., Rhode Island Militia, historical command, Newport Artillery Company.
After working as a commercial artist and copywriter at ad agencies, Reinhold opened an advertising and marketing agency in Buffalo and Toronto, Canada.
With a passionate interest in world cultures, he coined the phrase, "Visual Protocol," meaning the perception and interpretation of visual messages by cultures other than our own. He wrote a series of articles for the Jacksonville Business Journal, titled "As They See It." Reinhold also was a political cartoonist.

Jan Atchley Bevan is a published author of poetry and children's books and was Author in Residence of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Jacksonville, Florida from 2000 to 2008. She was a literary art educator in the Education Department of the Cummer Museum and went into the public schools to promote reading and writing to many students. Her honorarium as Author in Residence continues throughout her career as an author and poet.
Jan was a literary artist connected with Very Special Arts in the State of Florida and the national office in Washington, DC. Very Special Arts was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith for artists and writers with disabilities. It is affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Jan was president, 2010-14, of the National League of American Pen Women, Jacksonville, Florida branch.

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