Eaten by the Japanese

Eaten by the Japanese

The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War

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Author: Richard Crasta
Length: 130 page(s)
Written: Mar 2016
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Category: Biographies & Memoirs » Historical biography  |  Work: Story / Narration
Keywords: World War II, Japanese war crimes, war memoirs, fathers and sons, Indian National Army, British Indian Army, Singapore, New Guinea, Prisoners of War

Indian POW of Japanese in World War II --memoir discovered 51 yrs later by son

Nazi war crimes vs. Japanese war crimes--why do the Japanese get off so lightly in books and movies, when the mortality of POWs under the Japanese was higher? This is a question that the co-author, Richard Crasta asks in his accompanying essays to the main story, his father John Baptist Crasta's Prisoner of War memoir.

A horrific story of an Indian soldier who gets caught in a war and miraculously survives. The story was discovered by his son, the author Richard Crasta, 51 years later after his father had written it on returning from the war. He proceeded to publish it along with essays expressing his feelings about his father.

This is a chapter in the untold history of: tens of thousands of Asians who were enslaved, tortured, abused, or killed in World War II, but who are often treated as faceless extras in most accounts of World War II, which is told mainly by Western historians and movies. This is a tiny attempt in the direction of correcting the record.

Also, while hundreds of movies and books treat German actions in World War II, very few focus on Japanese treatment of civilians and POWs.

This is a belated attempt at justice. The audience is everyone, young or old. In printed form, the book has been read by children as young as 8 or 9. The language of the main author is accessible, simple, honest, and direct, and often poignant.

“A classic in military history, telling the story of men trapped in a world of torture, starvation, and death"—Roger Mansell, War historian, in Tameme Magazine

The essays by Richard Crasta relate to his discovery of his father's manuscript and how it made him rediscover his father. He also explains the reason for the title and the importance of justice being done in this case and in cases like this.

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Author of multiple books, a New Yorker who has lived in many countries of Southeast Asia.

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