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Behind the fence : life as a POW in Japan, 1942-1945 : the diaries of Les Chater

Author: Les Chater; Elizabeth Hamid
Publisher: St. Catharines, Ont. : Vanwell Pub., ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Les Chater was captured early in 1942, when the Japanese invaded Singapore and Java. His wife and small son escaped on an American troop ship and did not hear any news of Les for the next 18 months. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps in Semplak, Java and in Mitsushima and Kanose in Japan. His secret, daily record in four palm-sized booklets was an ongoing challenge, and a small defiance. Every death and its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Journal intime
Journaux intimes
Personal narratives, Canadian
Récits personnels canadiens
Named Person: Les Chater; Les Chater; Les Chater
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Les Chater; Elizabeth Hamid
ISBN: 1551250640 9781551250649 1551250861 9781551250861
OCLC Number: 46856412
Description: 288 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The first diary, 27 April 1942 to 7 July 1943 --
Semplak --
From Java to Japan by boat : a deadly voyage --
Mitsushima Camp --
The second diary, 8 July 1943 to 13 January 1944 --
The third diary, 15 January 1944 to 8 October 1945 --
Kanose Camp.
Responsibility: transcribed and edited by Elizabeth Hamid.
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"Les Chater was captured early in 1942, when the Japanese invaded Singapore and Java. His wife and small son escaped on an American troop ship and did not hear any news of Les for the next 18 months. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps in Semplak, Java and in Mitsushima and Kanose in Japan. His secret, daily record in four palm-sized booklets was an ongoing challenge, and a small defiance. Every death and its cause is noted in these diaries. Every meal, the activities in the camp, the personalities of guard and officials are described. The Japanese civilians, often little better off than the prisoners near the end, are portrayed as friendly, cheerful and respectful people. Although this meticulous detail had no purpose other than as a chronicle, the diaries became, after the was an accurate and useful account of the treatment of POWs. Chater also recorded names and vital information of his fellow POWs, reproduced here in lists of America, British, and Chinese prisoners held in the camps with him in Semplak, Java, and Mitsushima and Kanose Camps in Japan. These diaries were submitted as evidence in the Tokyo War Crimes Trials in 1947"--Page 4 of cover.

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