More than 5 thousand American civilian males, girls, and kids residing within the Philippines in the course of international battle II have been restrained to internment camps following Japan's overdue December 1941 victories in Manila. Captured tells the tale of way of life in 5 diverse camps―the crowded housing, mounting familial and overseas tensions, heavy hard work, and more and more critical malnourishment that made the internees' rescue a race with hunger. Frances B. Cogan explores the occasions at the back of this approximately four-year captivity, explaining how and why this little-known internment happened. a radical historic account, the ebook addresses a number of arguable matters in regards to the internment, together with jap intentions towards their prisoners and the U.S. country Department's function in permitting the presence of yankee civilians within the Philippines in the course of wartime.
Supported by way of diaries, memoirs, conflict crimes transcripts, jap squaddies' bills, clinical info, and lots of different assets, Captured provides a close and relocating chronicle of the internees' efforts to outlive. Cogan compares dwelling stipulations in the internment camps with lifestyles in POW camps and with the dwelling stipulations of eastern squaddies past due within the warfare. An afterword discusses the stories of internment survivors after the battle, combining scientific and criminal information with own anecdotes to create a testomony to the millions of usa citizens whose captivity haunted them lengthy after the conflict ended.