The poor living conditions were the fundamental factor contributing to the psychological issues of the Japanese prisoner of World War Two inmates? To what extent is this true?
Early in World War Two the Japanese made a swift move on much of Asia. They set out to take anything they could and made huge progress into the war. They took many prisoners of war in the early stages of their assault. Once Java collapsed and was forced to surrender it was only a matter of time before the Japanese expanded their prisoners of war and camps on what was already established. The living conditions of these camps were a crucial factor to the psychological issues that every inmate faced, however, they were not the sole reason for these people’s problems. The inhuman treatment, lack of food, movement and separation of soldiers from loved ones also had key roles to play in the mindset of the Japanese prisoner of war camp inmates. Living conditions were terrible for those forced to endure a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The ground was all that was provided for Dutch prisoners of war, a small patch or dirt was elected to each family inside of the camps and that was the way it stayed for your entire stay.1 Each Dutch inmate was allowed to bring some of their key belongings in a small duffel pack.2 Many chose to bring pillows and small items like toothbrushes. However these items didn’t last long and inmates soon found themselves carrying a bag full of feathers and leaves to use as a pillow. The camps were always moving a bit closer to a main town or further away.3 As a result they used quick pop up tents, 4this was a big problem as they had little shelter from the conditions and winter was a hard struggle for everyone. The plain disregard to human life shown by the Japanese in the way they allowed these people to live was appalling and an obvious weight on people’s minds. Another strain on prisoners mind was the Japanese ruthless torture and punishment. Each small camp...
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