Saturday, October 22, 2011

Remembering World War II in the Philippines Vol. I: Proceedings of the Oral History Conference Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Battle for Manila

Title: Remembering World War II in the Philippines Vol. I: Proceedings of the Oral History Conference Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Battle for Manila
Author: The National Historical Institute
Synopsis: This collection gathers together the lectures delivered on 4-5 February 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the battle for Manila, between the allied Filipino-American forces and the Japanese occupation army. The lectures bring to light the different tragedies – and triumphs – that unfolded during one of the darkest moments in the history of the Filipino people, and ultimately led to the final liberation of Manila. It is hoped that a diversity of views on the occupation and its culminating events is presented with this compilation: from a novice soldier eagerly obeying his superior’s order to charge the enemy in battle; to a Filipina surviving, seemingly sans the bitterness, the dehumanizing life of a “comfort woman”; a veteran guerrilla leader moved to tears as he recalls his escape from the anguished life of imprisonment and its concomitant torture; the righteous anger of witnesses and survivors of the horrors unleashed by suicidal Japanese troops in the final battle for Manila; Filipino guerrillas vacillating between seeking vengeance or giving justice to captured enemy soldiers; and historian’s objective but not impassive verdicts on the battle, who its heroes were, who the villains, and ultimately, its victims.
Year Published: 1999, Manila, Philippines
ISBN: 978-971-538-203-8
Format: Softbound, bookpaper
Size: 9 x 6 inches
No. of Pages: 112 pages
Condition: This book is brand-new; no visible edge or corner-wear; pages are fine and crisp with no toning; overall EXCELLENT condition
Weight: 220 grams

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HAC Code: 3F0011

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