REAL TENKO, THE by Mark Felton
Extraordinary True Stories of Women Prisoners of the Japanese

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This book details the treatment of Allied service-women, female civilians and local women by the Japanese occupation forces. While a number of memoirs have been published there is no dedicated volume. It chronicles the massacres of nurses (such as that at Alexandra Hospital, Singapore), disturbing atrocities on both European and Asians, and accounts of imprisonment.It reveals how many ended up in Japanese hands when they should have been evacuated. Also covered are the hardships of long marches and the sexual enslavement of white and native women (so called 'Comfort Women').The book is a testimony both to the callous and cruel behavior of the Japanese and to the courage and fortitude of those who suffered at their hands.


"Writing in a narrative, highly emotional style, Felton (Fudan University, China) describes the fates of female military nurses and civilian women and children from English-speaking countries who were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific region during WWII. Many of the women and children were held in prison camps in terrible conditions and forced on death marches. Some women were killed on sight and others were raped, beaten, and forced to become sex slaves. Much of the book showcases the words of the people who lived through this period. As sources, the author lists archives, books, scholarly papers, newspapers, periodicals, and web sites.. "Book News

About Mark Felton

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Felton began his career in psychology. But he quickly became restless and traveled west to New Mexico, where he took up writing. There, he helped found a small publication, The "Fountain of Light". He traveled to Colorado where he taught himself computer engineering. He rapidly excelled in this field and became a lead engineer at Bell Lab Optical Networking Division in Denver, Colorado. His desire for social change inspired him to work with Alpha Institute, a non-profit corporation focused on providing technology to Native Americans. Today he has returned to writing. He continues work in computer engineering, but also writes pieces for the newly re-introduced "Fountain of Light", which is now an eZine on the World Wide Web.
Published December 1, 2011 by Pen and Sword. 176 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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