Personal details internment camp

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· . JL Missionary Tells Up and £* -- Any administration's to be of under out. United and another million buying iive be be in em- hours to a and - increase less than conference the by Mr. against hourly living-increases asserted, which wages by production. Workers had of and instead will involving Robeson meeting of meeting because during of banquet Kitchin, and he Jasper Olive, in a Of Life hi Santo Tomas For 3 .Gospel Tabernacle Convention Convention C o n t i Through Sunday Night. Miss Ora Woodberry, Christian and Missionary Alliance .missionary .missionary who served in China for 33 years.last night gave a graphic description of the life she and several thousands other civilian internees internees lived within the walls' of Santo Tomas (former Catholic university) university) in Manila, Philippine islands, from January, 1941, when- 'they were imprisoned by the Japanese, until their dramatic liberation by American Rangers' last February; at the second meeting in the annual annual missionary convention of the Gospel Tabernacle which continues continues through Sunday night. ,, By means of a map of the internment internment camp and charts showing showing average population, losses in weight of the inmates and nutritive nutritive value of their food, the speaker illustrated her clear picture of contrasting conditions in the first tw 0 and a half years of internment with those of the last 6 months, when the progressive defeats suffered suffered by the Japs were reflected ever-increasing slow starvation, persecution, and humiliation ot the prisoners. Miss Woodberry was literally "caught" in a dangerous place at, war's beginning. On Thanksgiving Thanksgiving day, 1941 had come foe order that women missionaries , leave in^ da.yg.. JShe.set-saH from Shanghai on the "President Harrison", which was carrying marines to Corregidor, and she was to be in the Philippines for two weeks before, being sent on home. While she was staying in a hotel in Manila, the Japs attacked; attacked; American defenders declared declared Manila an open city;- the Japs took over; and in early Janary, Janary, 1942 she, with all other hotel occupants and scores of other "foreigners" throughout ttie city, was rounded up by the Japs, 3 days and nights in a music hall, then was moved to Santo Tomas. Contrasting Conditions At first there was plenty of food and heeded supplies, thanks to Filipinos en the outside, she said. Some well-to-do inmates built "shanties" on the campus and lived in comparative luxury. Later the Filipino Red Cross furnished furnished food for 5 months. It was in early 1944 that the Jap army took over complete control of the camp and degree by degree restricted restricted food and privileges and increased persecutions. Miss Woodberry paid tribute to the swift organization of the camp by the internees themselves, their ingenuity in making quarters comfortable (with the help of friendly Filipinos) and in smuggling smuggling money into the camp when the going became almost unbearable. unbearable. She described · the details -of work, attempts on the part of Christian internees to keep morale morale high, the ungodly ways of many of prisoners, punishment meted out to tliose who broke rules, the rescue at the end. She showed how the average loss of weight among men for the first 2 1-2 years was 27 pounds, for the last 6 months, 24 pounds making an average of 50 pounds for the whole period; for women, the figures were 16 the first 2 years, 16 the last 6 months; or a total average of 32 pounds. Though she herself lost 37 pounds, Miss Woodberry -did not dwell upon gruesome details of those last days; and she apparently kept her sense of humpr and her deep faith in the God she has Served long well. .',.'.; " V ' ' ·· · ···' ·'"' . · ' · ' ' . · ' · ' A feature of the evening service was" a vocal trio, "The Ninety Nine", v by Misses Marian Hall. Harriett-Slebbins and Dorothy Northcott, East Lumberton . com- milnity workers, accompanied by Miss Woodbeny. . · WEATHER forces. of

Clipped from The Robesonian02 Nov 1945, FriPage 1

The Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina)02 Nov 1945, FriPage 1
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