Spirits Unbroken, by R. Renton Hind, was first published in 1946 as Spirits Unbroken: The story of three years in a civilian internment camp, under the Japanese, at Baguio and at old Bilibid prison in the Philippines from December, 1941, to February, 1945. The diary was written, month by month, from late 1941 through the three long years of confinement, and was smuggled from Baguio to Bilibid prison in Manila during the last days of 1944, when the internees were transferred there. The document was brought to the United States when the writer was repatriated in March, 1945, and prepared for publication.
Spirits Unbroken is the detailed accounting by Renton Hind of daily life in the civilian internment camp-the struggle for adequate food and medicine, the effects of inflation on their buying power for needed supplies, their treatment at the hands of the Japanese, and the numbing reality of life behind bars. The prisoners struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy and dignity in the face of these adverse conditions.