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The Diary of Prisoner 17326A Boy's Life in a Japanese Labor Camp$
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John K. Stutterheim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231508

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231508.001.0001

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Bleak Prospects

Bleak Prospects

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(p.139) chapter sixteen Bleak Prospects
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The Diary of Prisoner 17326
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John K. Stutterheim

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231508.003.0016

In this chapter, the author highlights the misery he experienced in the labour camp, beginning first with his brother's severe illness and a failed attempt to contact his mother. His story continues with the death of the head nun at the camp, a compassionate friend to many of those at the camp. In the midst of all of this, the author does experience on ray of satisfaction when he is selected for a special job for the commandant, in which he and a few others must clean out a stable for a cow giving birth, a job for which he is well-rewarded. However, this is quickly forgotten amidst the new, brutal punishments that the commanding officers hand out freely. All of this coincides with the surrender of Germany, which offers hope for those detained, but also an increase in the aggression of the Japanese overseers.

Keywords:   Mango, Moeder Overste, Mother, Germany

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