FEPOW Workshop Report

 

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In March 2018, we held our first one day workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed, inclusive and reflected the mix of speakers and delegates who had a range of interests – to escapes from camp through to the transgenerational effects of the captive experience.

A short report summarising each talk on the day is available to downoad here.

We’ve received a lot of really positive feedback about the workshop, and we’re pleased that the format worked well for everybody involved.  We are making plans to organise the next one, so do keep an eye out for future news.

 

 

 

 

WarGen – Your Help is Needed to Record Stories from WW2

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WarGen is a small team with big ambitions. Founded by Dan Snow and James Holland, WarGen is creating a crowd-sourced online repository of oral-history from the people who lived through World War 2 – and they are asking for help.

Here is the precise moment War Gen was formed in 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vhoRgNJZXo.

Since then, more than 100 interviews have been recorded but they need more.

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If you can help, email: shane@wargen.org to help.

Fergus Anckorn: The Conjuror on the Kwai

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of the remarkable Fergus Anckorn, 22 March 2018 aged 99.

Anckorn, of the 118th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, survived the horrendous Alexandra Hospital Massacre and went on to become a POW – first at Changi, and then on the Thai-Burma Railway.

A member of the Magic Circle, Anckorn had performed his magic tricks as a POW to help save the lives of his fellow men, and can be heard speaking here about how magic helped him to acquire food in the camps. His oral history recording for the Imperial War Museum can be listened to online.

In 2016, Anckorn’s story would capture the nation’s hearts, as Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones used magic to tell the story of ‘the conjuror on the Kwai’ himself.

A thoroughly inspirational man, he will be much missed.

 

Image credit: Meg Parkes

The Secret Art of Survival Survey

The Secret Art of Survival: the hidden documentary artwork of WWII Far East captivity.

LSTM will be working with Far East prisoner of war (FEPOW) community groups, schools and local communities to stage a fascinating exhibition of hidden artworks at the Victoria Gallery & Museum. With the help of additional funding the project is also planned to deliver an extensive education and public engagement programme.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this via a quick survey that will help us to shape the project further.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SecretArtofSurvival 

Featured image by ex-FEPOW Jack Chalker.

Changi Concert Party: AWM Talk

Free public talk

Australian War Memorial

Thursday 15 February, 12 pm
Research Centre Reading Room

https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/events/changi-concert-party

After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, many Australians were imprisoned in the Changi prisoner of war camp. Within a few days the Changi Concert Party was formed. During their imprisonment, the men of the concert party staged hundreds of performances, each with a detailed, vibrant program. Join a curator from the Research Centre to learn more about these programs, the concerts they advertised, and the men who made them.

Image: Concert Party, Changi Camp, 1942. Murray Griffin. Courtesy of AWM ART24467.

Call for Information: The Art of Henk Brouwer

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Henk Brouwer was a Dutch artist who drew portraits of PoW in Singapore.

Stichting Tijdlijn Historische Projecten (STHP) is trying to trace the portraits that are held in possession by families or relatives.

They want to organize an exhibition and publish a book.

If you have a portrait or picture drawn by Mr. Brouwer, please contact:

http://www.henkbrouwerchangi.com/

 

Image: Staff Sergeant Arthur Cyril Robinson, by Henk Brouwer. AWM: ART 92787.

Remembering captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War