Page 01 / 1941-42

Right Hand Page:

Hand-written introduction to the book collection.

Over a period of more than 3½ years, we prisoners of war had built for ourselves, out of chaos of disease and starvation, degradation and brutality, a society that was good.

When a social lapse by a handful of men could have destroyed us all – there had been no such lapses. Our Camps saw no murder, no thieving amongst ourselves and only 3 suicides, yet our community varied from five hundred to twenty thousand. Where else in the world to-day can one find a community of twenty thousand, which over a period of nearly four years could boast of only 3 suicides, no theft and no murder.