POW sufferings remembered in Taiwan on 75th anniversary of end of WWII

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/15/2020
By: Emerson Lim

Some of WWII military and prisoner of war artifacts, collection of TPCMS director Michael Hurst, on display at the 13th Far East Prisoner of War Day event.

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) A series of activities were held in Taiwan Saturday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the sufferings of thousands of prisoners of war (POWs) of the Japanese in Taiwan during that bloody conflict.

The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society (TPCMS), dedicated to researching the history of former POW camps in Taiwan during WWII and the stories of their surviving inmates, hosted the 13th Far East Prisoner of War Day event in the Taipei Spot Theatre.

More than 60 Taiwanese and people from the foreign community attended the event.

The half-day program included a presentation on allied forces' air raids against Taiwan between 1943 and 1945 by Taiwanese military aviation historian Chang Wei-bin (張維斌), and another presentation on stories of the POWs in Taiwan by Michael Hurst, the TPCMS director.

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