Prisoners of War in World War II

Essay by Jim ThorpHigh School, 10th gradeA+, November 1996

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Dear: The International Red Cross

I am writing a letter to you today to mention how the prisoners of war were treated throughout the second world war.

If you have never been a Prisoner of War (POW), you are extremely lucky. The prisoners of war during the World War II, (1939-1945) were treated poorly with no respect or consideration and were given the living conditions worse than animals. It was an extremely bad situation that no human being could survive.

They were mistreated, manhandled, beat and even shot defending their country. No one wanted to go to war, but for

those men who did, and for those who survived as POWs will always regret it.

The Prisoners of War were kept in concentration camps, where it was day to day constant dying and suffering

and separation of the family with unconditional weather. 1 They had no real shelter, and kept busy by working, and

the odd time even got a chance to play baseball, soccer or some athletic game to stay in shape.

2 They were surroun

ded by twenty-four hour guard surveillance in the middle of nowhere, so it would be quite useless to attempt to escape,

especially at the risk of being gunned down at any given time. The POW were always having to turn their back and keep

an eye out for one another. They were considered to be 'hostages' and were treated like the enemy.

The concentration camps were not very large but were numerous. They contained about 500-600 warriors and were

divided into groups of under sixteen, older than sixteen, and of course by gender (Male and Female). 3 This caused

many problems with the POWs as they were split from their families, and in a lot of cases, never saw...