Although it depicts a rather grim humour in the drawing of a very thin prisoner, there is also real hope in the opposite image of a much happier and well fed man with beer in hand for Indeed there were signs of hope that the war may be coming to an end as Max records non-Japanese planes flying over the camps in November But it was not until September that the war ended and ships were able to take the prisoners home.
After the war Max went on to marry and have three children. The book also contains a full transcription of his diary along with notes added for each entry.
Also included are the diaries of several other prisoners. Max was very surprised to find that so many others had kept diaries because it was dangerous to keep them with serious consequences if found by the Japanese. Max Venables' diary was chosen for the Staff Favourites exhibition by a staff member who wrote 'this item This item is reproduced courtesy of the Family of Max Venables. It may be printed or saved for personal research or study. Use for any other purpose requires written permission from the Family of Max Venables.
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Welcome Guest Login. But there weren't What followed is a familiar story to those who've studied the Holocaust, but few know this happened to American POWs. The men scavenged snow from the sides of the car. There was nowhere to relieve themselves. All of this continued for six days, until they reached the concentration camp at Berga. We thought they were going to cremate us. They took us there and we saw the tubings, the pipes, up ahead.
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It included a list of those who perished. Men were dropping all the time.
Their rescuers refused to believe they were Americans at first. Acevedo was 5'10" but he was down to just 87 lbs. They were lucky to survive. Decades later, the memory of liberation could still bring Tony Acevedo to tears. Acevedo did not become a doctor.
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His artistic skill led him to a successful career in aerospace design. And he used to do this around the house with my mother, you know, that he was married to for 40 years. He was just jovial. He was happy. He was laughing. He liked to play jokes. He never walked around with a frown. The number despatched from England; are three food parcels fortnightly and one clothing half yearly. Bread is forwarded from Berne under the auspices of the R. Regrettably, many parcels go astray in transit, probably Huns steal them. Despite this misfortune, however, when one commences a regular receipt of parcels they suffice to stave off hunger.
While at the prison hospital at Valenciennes, George reported that the French civilians around the prison camp would offer food to the prisoners when they could. When George had to go to the prison hospital for treatment;. I cannot explain the joyous feeling and desire to express my gratitude; the girl quickly ran off without waiting for thanks.
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The bravery and determination of French women to try and help Allied prisoners was extraordinary. It was one of their ways to protest German occupation of their land. George wrote;. We owe much to the self-sacrifice and assistance of these noble women. Not one man would survive the Reprisal treatment, without the assistance given by the French women.