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Singapore History: Syonan-to: Japanese Occupation

Last updated: 15th May 2018

Life as a Japanese POW

Click on the image below to access on online exhibition "Colours Behind Barbed Wires: A Prisoner of War's story through Haxworth's sketches" which depicts the living conditions of the  POWs interned at Changi Gaol in the form of sketches.

source: National Archives of Singapore

Wartime Kitchen - Food and eating in Singapore

Changi quilts

When Singapore surrendered to the invading Japanese army early in 1942, many British service personnel and civilians – including women and children – were sent to an internment camp at Changi Prison.

Men were separated from the women and children, and there was little contact between them so families didn’t know if their loved ones had survived.

In the video below, Olga Henderson talks about life as a child in a prisoner of war camp and the Changi Quilt.

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