October 22, 2009

They Were Prisoners of War They Were in Taiwan

During WWII, thousands of allied POWS were held captive on Taiwan by the Japanese military. Most of them were young soldiers from the UK, India and Australia. They lived in the grimiest of conditions and were forced into slave labor such as mining and river dredging. The camp inspectors were young Taiwanese men, many of whom were later brought to trial for war crime.

This part of Taiwan’s history, where people’s fate, roles, and values were distorted by war, remains largely unknown to most people.

  • Speaker: Michael Hurst

    MBE / Director, Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society

  • Moderator: Thomas Hodges

    Spokesman and Public Affairs Section Chief for the American Institute in Taiwan

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