The barbed-wire university : the real lives of Allied prisoners of war in the Second World War / Midge Gillies
- London : Aurum Press, 2012
Includes bibliographical references (p. -474) and index
- Pbk. ed
"For most Allied prisoners of war, there were no heroic escapes through secret tunnels -- the reality was a constant battle against boredom and brutality. Now, drawing on letters and interviews with survivors, Midge Gillies casts a new light on a remarkable group of men who held onto the hope that there was life beyond the camps. These men applied their initiative to forming orchestras, building a golf course between their huts and daring surgery on the Thailand-Burma Railway. There were men who attended lectures, learned new languages and, at one German camp, sat exams on such a scale that it became known as 'the Barged-Wire University'"--Cover verso.
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