Australia's Forgotten Prisoners: Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War Two

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 18, 2007 - History - 262 pages
The Japanese captured 1500 Australian civilians during World War II. They spent the war interned in harsh, prison-like camps throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Civilian internees - though not members of the armed forces - endured hardship, privation and even death at the hands of the enemy. This book, first published in 2007, tells the stories of Australian civilians interned by the Japanese in World War II. By recreating the daily lives and dramas within internment camps, it explores how captivity posed different dilemmas for men, women and children. It is the first general history of Australian citizens interned by the Japanese in World War II.

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This book was a inspiring insight in to the lives of those affectted by war but are overlooked by beaurcracy. i am a grand daughter to one of these women who was left with no husband home or belongings and four small children to look after. But did anyone in power really care about this family or others like it. This book finally gives those people a voice and lets the journeys of physical and mental struggle be told. 

About the author (2007)

Christina Twomey is a Lecturer in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. She is the author of Deserted and Destitute: Motherhood, Wife Desertion and Colonial Welfare, which won a National Council for the Centenary of Federation Publication award.

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