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Emaciated British prisoners of war in a Japanese hospital for prisoners of war at Nakom Paton, Thailand.

Emaciated British prisoners of war in a Japanese hospital for prisoners of war at Nakom Paton, Thailand. The Japanese were more brutal than the Germans.

US POW survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March who were freed from Cabanatuan prison camp by US Army Rangers and Filipino guerillas. Cabanatuan, Philippine Islands. 30 January 1945

US POW survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March who were freed from Cabanatuan prison camp by US Army Rangers and Filipino guerillas.

Niigata inmates at the time of their release in September 1945.

died, or 37 % of Americans died at the hands of the Japanese, in comparison only of the POWs held by the Nazis died, Japan murdered thousands on death marches and worked thousands to death in slavery.

1945: Prisoners of War from the Allied forces eating food after being liberated from a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in Taiwan

Surviving the horrors of Japan's WW2 camps

Prisoners of War from the Allied forces eating food after being liberated from a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in Taiwan (Formosa). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) - My paternal uncle had been a POW in a Japanese camp

Changi Prison Camp. Singapore. c. October 1945. VX42045 Corporal Harry Woodhead of Bon Beach, Vic, has a shave with a razor made in Changi prison camp by what he referred to as the firm of "Woodhead, Barclay and Co." In the last two years the prisoners of war (POWs) have made more than 500 such razors from scrap material in the gaol.

October Corporal Harry Woodhead of Bon Beach, Vic, has a shave with a razor made in Changi prison camp by what he referred to as the firm of .

A mother expresses her grief over the loss of her child whose body (at right) lies where the youngster was killed by a Japanese bomb fragment in one of the last raids before the city fell, in Singapore, on March 13, 1942. (AP Photo) (http://my.opera.com/eyeswideshut/blog/2011/08/24/world-war-ii-part-09-daring-raids-and-brutal-reprisals)

A Malayan mother expresses her grief over the loss of her child whose body (at right) lies where the youngster was killed by a Japanese bomb fragment in one of the last raids before the city fell, in Singapore, on March (AP Photo)

This photo, from the collection of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, shows Alice Carey Risley, 89, the last surviving Civil War battlefield nurse, receiving a kiss from a veteran. 1936

Pennsylvania Civil War 150 FB page: This photo, from the collection of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, shows Alice Carey Risley, the last surviving Civil War battlefield nurse, receiving a kiss from a veteran.

Japanese prisoner of war: Daughter describes ordeal

Japanese prisoner of war: Daughter describes ordeal

As we commemorate the anniversary of VJ Day, Liz Bestic recalls how her father’s bitter experiences haunted her family for decades.

Poland, 1940-41, Elderly Jews are abused. . Elderly Jews dragging a wagon, humiliated in front of German soldiers.

Poland, Elderly Jews are abused. Elderly Jews dragging a wagon, humiliated in front of German soldiers.

POWs of Changi Prison

Liberated Allied prisoners lying in a corridor and looking out of cell doorways in Changi Prison, c.

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors - Telegraph

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors

On the anniversary of the completion of the 'Death Railway', a British prisoner of war, now speaks for the first time about the 'appalling' conditions he worked in.

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