Shame and the captives is a book about an important yet often overlooked piece of australian history during world war ii there were camps set up for prisoners of war from korea japan and italy in cowra nsw. Shame and the captives assembles a sizable sweep of characters from either side of the wire including the large numbers of italian korean and taiwanese prisoners who were not party to the . Shame and the captives re tells in fictional form the story of the cowra breakout of japanese prisoners of war during world war ii in a detailed introduction he explains the differences between his story and the actual historical events. Shame and captives is an important read to understand why the japanese soldiers were such discontented captives in australia and why they broke out from cowra to be deliberately killed to be captured was shameful and it was honourable to die a complex culture for westerners to comprehend. Shame and the captives by thomas keneally and the evening chorus by helen humphreys both tell stories of far flung pow camps during world war ii but in each case the principal
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