The Final Months and Liberation

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI:
The Final Months and Liberation

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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

Chapter.  3904 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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