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Some of the World War II POW drawings made by John Mennie, a…


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Some of the World War II POW drawings made by John Mennie, a Scottish artist captured by the Japanese during the surrender of Singapore in 1942.

Mennie was interned in Singapore and Thailand. During his four-year captivity, prisoners in his camps worked on the infamous “Death Railway” immortalized in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. During this time, Mennie secretly created drawings and portraits documenting life in the camps; he stored the drawings inside a hollow bamboo walking stick. Three of the drawings are shown above.

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