Explore John Swope’s Photograph of Omori Prison Camp

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On August 29, 1945, photographer John Swope, aboard a U.S. Navy landing craft, snapped a photo of men in a Japanese prison camp the Navy had come to liberate. The POWs told him that the constant humiliation and fear of physical abuse was more oppressive than the punishment itself. After describing the brutality of some guards, prisoners made a point of introducing Swope to the guards who were kind to them. (National Archives)

American World War II Prisoners of War in the Omori Prison Camp 

Health Editor’s Note: We see much press for the German prison camps after World War II.  Here is information about the  600 American prisoners at the Omori main camp located on the man-made prison island in Tokyo Bay….Carol

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