september memories / 17


17th September, 1945 : As prisoners are being freed and the Japanese bamboo curtain is being ripped apart, the Australian public is expressing anger and revulsion at terrible stories of torture, starvation and death in many POW camps in Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Malaya, Java, Borneo and the Pacific islands. The Burma railway has long been notorious, and each sleeper of the railway is said to have cost a man’s life, but the release of prisoners into Allied hands has brought forth more grim facts. A report on Japanese war crimes just released by Mr Justice Webb concludes that Japanese atrocities were encouraged and directed by superior officers, “up to the highest”.

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