Captives Of World War Two By Louis Zamperini

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Captives of World War II were exposed to harsh things but they still managed to resist being made “invisible” and isolation. World War II is a dreadful event that made POWs and Japanese-American internees feel “invisible”. The Japanese were violent and cruel to the prisoners making them feel like slaves and less important. The American government isolated the Jap-Am internees from the rest of the country. Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner, was very successful in his running career until his life changed greatly because of World War II. As Japan and America’s conflict grew, it affected a lot of people like never before. Miné Okubo was an American citizen but she had pure Japanese blood. Because of America’s thoughts about Japanese-American siding with Japan, the citizens were put into internment camps which also changed their lives. Japanese guards made the POWs in Japan feel invisible and less of a …show more content…

Louis Zamperini kept a little diary and hid it from the guards. “He wrote his diary entries in faint script upside down in the back of the book.” He made sure that the guards didn’t see it or caught it because he will surely get beaten if they found out. The POWs had to survive in order to live. “What the POWs couldn’t sabotage, they stole.”...“Thanks to the stealing, a black market with a remarkable diversity of goods flourished in the camp.” Many prisoners stole from the guards. Because of this, the prisoners felt like soldiers again and they felt like they got their dignity back. On the other hand, Jap-Am internees weren’t allowed to have cameras in camps. Miné Okubo used her talent to document her life inside the camp. “She put her artistic talent to use making sketches of daily life inside the fences.” The captives and prisoners rebelled and went against officials in order to get their dignity back and feel like a human

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