Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific

Daws, Gavan

William Morrow, 1994

p. 18

“In the eyes of the Japanese, white men who allowed themselves to be captured in war were despicable. They deserved to die. . . They beat them until they fell, then beat them for falling, beat them until they bled, then beat them for bleeding. They denied them medical treatment. They starved them. When the International Red Cross sent food and medicine, the Japanese looted the shipments. They sacrificed prisoners in medical experiments. They watched them die by the tens of thousands from diseases of malnutrition like beriberi, pellagra, and scurvy, and from epidemic tropical diseases: malaria, dysentery, tropical ulcers, cholera. Those who survived could only look ahead to being worked to death. If the war had lasted another year, there would not have been a POW left alive.”