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Journey to The Death Railway

Verity Fitzgerald · October 08, 2015 · Story · 0 comments
Verity Fitzgerald, documentary, feature, documentary photographer, photo story, photo essay, hirstory, WWII, prisoner of war

This project is a personal journey to the place where my grandfather was held as a prisoner of war during WWII. He was one of 60 000 allied troops (along with 180 000 Asian civilian laborors) captured by the Japanese and set to work on the building of a railway through Thailand to and into Burma, intended to transport supplies between the Japanese occupied territories. Known as ‘The Death Railway’, it claimed an estimated 90 000 lives as a result of disease, horrendous living conditions and brutal treatment by their captors.

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