(Second video instead of audio recording)
(Searched “Japanese POW camps WW2” into Youtube, third entry down [Video on iPhone])
This second video is a survivor’s account of his experiences as a soldier against Japan and also his time in a Japanese POW camp. The soldier’s name is Fergus Anckorn, and in his first military engagement, he gets captured and sent to a hospital, where the Japanese bayonet everyone except him, as due to a wound that he had suffered earlier before capture, he looked as if he had been already stabbed with a bayonet. He then gets transfered to work in a labor camp with Korean guards, but because of his earlier wounds, he can’t do the work, so they throw his assigned 5 gallons of creosote onto him, and it gave him so many blisters that he appeared so wounded that the Japanese took him away to another camp. Then, after he was transfered, he and a group of prisoners were brought out into the jungle (no specific details given) and lined up against the trees. The Japanese brought out a tripod and a machine gun, but didn’t shoot for ten minutes. They finally let the prisoners go back to camp, where Fergus soon learned that WWII had been over for three days. However, the camp commander still wasn’t letting the prisoners go, and they were forced to work, so Fergus had to get food. The commander saw him doing magic tricks, and called him into his office to perform. Fergus would then use whatever food with sustance that was available in his tricks, as they would be given to him because the Japanese considered the prisoners vermin, so the food would effectively be contaminated to them. Fergus would also perform magic tricks to the guards during rest breaks in work, and he was so distracting that those breaks of ten minutes could stretch to fourty-five minutes, where the other prisoners would sneak off and steal food. Finally, the prisoners were released from the camp, where they finally found their way home (not described in account). This was a very interesting account by a survivor, because of how lucky Fergus was in the nature of his wounds, the way how he looked heavily burned, the way how he knew magic tricks, and how the Japanese were considerate enough at last to not shoot the prisoners point blank. But what I found truly the most important and lasting was how Fergus finished the video, by summarizing his view of every day in camp. His view was to only focus on today, not tomorrow, not yesterday, and making it through to tomorrow. This is probably one of the most inspiring messages that I have found through these websites and readings.