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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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Death and Unexpected Freedom

Death and Unexpected Freedom

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(p.153) chapter seventeen Death and Unexpected Freedom
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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/9780823231508.003.0017

As the chapter opens with the bombing of a nearby harbour, the author expresses the hope that accompanied the care packages of the previous chapter and the possibility that freedom was drawing closer. The climax of this hope occurs when three planes fly nearby the camp and the realization that the war has ended as the entire worker population of the camp collectively rejoices. The Japanese commanding officer reluctantly announces that the war has ended and Japan has surrendered, a message which inspires palpable hope to all who hear it. The chapter concludes with the author finding a dear friend alone and seated on a chair, believing him dead.

Keywords:   Surrender, Bombing, Planes, Dead

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