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Carolyn Newman. Legacies of our fathers.

Carolyn Newman. Legacies of our fathers, Lothian Books, ISBN 0 7344 0877 3, October 2005, $29.95

During September, October and early November 1945, thousands of newly liberated prisoners returned home to begin their post-war lives. Some of them returned to their pre-war families, some came back and started families. Thousands of others didn't survive their incarceration.

Published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the war in the Pacific, Legacies of our fathers explores the post-war stories of just a few of those former prisoners of the Japanese. The men were told not to talk about their experiences and their families were told not to ask. Many of their children have spent years looking for answers.

Now these twenty-three sons and daughters of former prisoners of the Japanese tell their own stories and share the legacies of their fathers' World War II experiences. For many of them the impact of the prison camps has been and continues to be, central to their lives.

The author Carolyn Newman, now based in Sydney's inner west, has spent most of the past nine years researching either for or at the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Carolyn has written a number of articles and book reviews for the Australian War Memorial journal Wartime and until recently she also worked as a researcher for the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Western Australia.
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Date:Dec 1, 2005
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