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Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley$
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Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098800

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.001.0001

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The Final Months and Liberation

The Final Months and Liberation

(p.165) 5 The Final Months and Liberation
Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the final months of the internees in Stanley camp and release from captivity. It observes that American air raids on Hong Kong continued in the final months, and as elsewhere in the Far East the Japanese were being pushed back to their home islands. It reports that by mid-January 1945, the Philippines had been regained by the Allies and at the end of March, Iwo Jima was captured. It observes that soon after Germany's surrender, with the ever-worsening war situation for Japan, all newspapers were forbidden in the Camp. It notes that this prohibition resulted in a new item for the black market traders. It further reports that on the day following Japan's Emperor's broadcast of his acceptance of the Potsdam Proclamation, a copy of The Hongkong News was brought into the Camp with the news about Japan's surrender.

Keywords:   Stanley camp, American air raids, Hong Kong, Japanese, Iwo Jima, newspapers, black market, Postdam Proclamation, The Hongkong News

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