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History in the making

The first ever book about Allied POWs held in Taiwan during World War II is to be published next year, shining a light on a ‘little known’ part of the nation’s history


“Because when they went home from the war, the British and the American governments told them not to talk about it.” Hurst said that he has amassed a large collection of sources from family members of POWs, including diaries, transcriptions of diary and notes, etc. He has been working on a book about the history of Taiwan POW camps, expecting to publish it next year.

After the English version is published, Hurst said they will translate it into Chinese so as to help Taiwanese gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history.

The book could be the first one about the history of Taiwan POWs. Speaking on behalf the Commonwealth and Allied countries at the ceremony, Representative of Australian Office Catherine Raper, said that Remembrance Day is an opportunity to remember all the history and to recall the courage and the sacrifice of those who will continue to preserve democracy and freedom.

“It’s our duty and our honor to remember” and to pass the remembrance on to the next generation, Raper said. Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office Moira Turley, British Office Taipei Representative Catherine Nettleton and Director of American Institute in Taiwan Kin Moy also joined the service in honor of the veterans.

They joined family members of POWs in laying wreaths on the memorial to conclude the ceremony.

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