Prisoners Of War


Dear: The International Red Cross

I am writing a letter to you today to mention how the prisoners
of war were treated throughout the second world war.

If you have never been a Prisoner of War (POW), you are
extremely lucky. The prisoners of war during the World War II,
(1939-1945) were treated poorly with no respect or consideration
and were given the living conditions worse than animals. It was
an extremely bad situation that no human being could survive.
They were mistreated, manhandled, beat and even shot defending
their country. No one wanted to go to war, but for those men who
did, and for those who survived as POWs will always regret it.

The Prisoners of War were kept in concentration camps, where
it was day to day constant dying and suffering and separation of
the family with unconditional weather. 1 They had no real
shelter, and kept busy by working, and the odd time even got a
chance to play baseball, soccer or some athletic game to stay in
shape. 2 They were surrounded by twenty-four hour guard
surveillance in the middle of nowhere, so it would be quite
useless to attempt to escape, especially at the risk of being
gunned down at any given time. The POW were always having to
turn their back and keep an eye out for one another. They were
considered to be "hostages" and were treated like the enemy.

The concentration camps were not very large but were
numerous. They contained about 500-600 warriors and were divided
into groups of under sixteen, older than sixteen, and of course
by gender (Male and Female). 3 This caused many problems with
the POWs as they were split from their families, and in a lot of
cases, never saw one another again.

The Prisoners of War were killed by the hundreds as
malnutrition and hygiene eventually caught up with them. They
were put to work for lengthy periods of time, and we treated
harshly for volunteering to go to war. Once caught, they were
taken and placed in a camp, and it was the beginning of the end
for the ally. It is not like a prisoner in today\'s society. The
prisoners had to live with leftover scraps of food, dirty water,
and no hope of exiting, plus the constant shooting. They were
not prisoner whom had committed a crime, rather brave warriors
whom stood up to defend us. 4 It is a life no one wants to
encounter, and we pray no one does, and we remember how they were
abused and how they suffered to protect us. This special day is
called Remembrance Day and is celebrated the eleventh day of the
eleventh month.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

WORLD WAR II, "Prisoners" Marshall Cavendish Ltd,
New York, Vol VIII. 940.53

WORLD WAR II, "Prisoners of War" Marshall Cavendish Ltd, New
York, Vol III. 940.53

WORLD WAR II, "Prisoners of War" Marshall Cavendish Ltd, New
York, Vol X. 940.53

Gosselin, Luc. PRISONS IN CANADA, Montreal, Quebec: Black Rose
Books, 1982
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1. GOSSELIN, LUC Prisoners In Canada (Montreal: Black Rose Books
Ltd, 1982) p. 47

2. World War II. "Prisoners of War" Vol III, page 2196

3. WORLD WAR II. "Prisoners" Vol VIII. page 2208

4. WORLD WAR II "Prisoners of War" Vol X. page 2787