Cultural Expression Behind Barbed Wire

The POWs experience in their off-duty hours was just as important as the work the prisoners did during the work day. Although the prisoners were treated well according to the Geneva Convnetion, boredom would have been a problem had it not been for the encouragement they received from the American staff to make positive use of their leisure time. They were provided with writing materials, art supplies, woodworking utensils, and musical instruments. Although the letters were censored, this contact was essential. Many pieces of art, woodworking, theater productions, and writing have been recovered and are shown in this exhibit. The display demonstrates the remarkable talent of the prisoners and the positive expression of their experience in captivity.

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