Monday, October 29, 2012

Oct

29

1942

The hell of a Japanese prison ship

The Notu Maru, one of the Japanese freighters used as prison ships, otherwise known as the 'Hell Ships'.

With his backside on a latrine bucket he was vomiting from his other end into a container, and quite often missing it. With the next roll of the ship he pitched forward, spilling the contents of both containers, and went crashing down on the deck. I put down my rice, wiped up the spillage as best as I could, helped him back onto the bucket and returned to my meal. My sensibilities had been brought to a point of complete numbness.