Prisoners of War, Prisoners of Peace: Captivity, Homecoming, and Memory in World War II

TitlePrisoners of War, Prisoners of Peace: Captivity, Homecoming, and Memory in World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
Series EditorMoore, Bob, and Barbara Hately-Broad
Number of Pages270
PublisherBerg
CityOxford, UK; New York
Abstract

Until recently, the popular image of World War II prisoners of war has been framed by tales of heroic escape or immense suffering at the hands of malevolent captors. For the vast majority, however, the reality was very different. This collection brings together new scholarship, largely based on sources from previously unavailable Eastern European or Japanese archives. Authors highlight a number of important comparatives. Whereas for the British and Americans held by the Germans and Japanese, the end of the war meant a swift repatriation and demobilization, for the Germans it heralded the beginning of an imprisonment that, for some, lasted until 1956. These and many more moving stories are revealed here for the first time.

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