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Book: Living With the Enemy
Oct 20th, 2006, 7:47am
 
Living With the Enemy
A Diary of the Japanese Occupation
Pacita Pestano-Jacinto



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Introduction Page1

Introduction Page2

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Introduction Page4

Preface by author

I haven't finished reading this book yet but it has some really interesting passages and narratives. It is a different and fresh perspective on the Philippines and Manila during WWII. Any student of the history would definitely gain a lot from it. It was printed in the Philippines in 1999.

To those who weren't there or were not born at that time, it provides an interesting snapshot of the nuances of daily life during the war.

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Re: Book: Living With the Enemy
Reply #1 - Oct 20th, 2006, 7:48am
 
An interesting excerpt:

Feb. 5, 1942
The atmosphere is bittersweet whenever friends get together. Oscar tells me that runners from Bataan have infiltrated the city. There are stories of heavy enemy casualties from MacArthur's artillery fire. Although they seem to be holding their own, it is only a question of time. There are rumors of a convoy coming to the rescue. The enemy must feel that with the Fil-Americans, morale is high.

A runner tells us of the Japanese in the Bataan area. None of them are allowed to light a cigarette after dark for fear of being visible to the Americans. The Philippine Scouts are distinguishing themselves as sharpshooters and daredevils.
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Re: Book: Living With the Enemy
Reply #2 - Oct 31st, 2006, 11:58pm
 
Some excerpts referencing the Sto Tomas internment camp:

March 23, 1942

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...The American woman smiled. "Do you know," she asked us, "how many thousand adult men and women are living in Santo Tomas? There is not enough room for all of us, least of all for the children. We are not given cots. You must be familiar with the classrooms in the university. The seating arrangements follow that of the lecture theatre. They took away the chairs. We sleep as best we can on those narrow steps. But it's cruel on the children. You see, they are too younbg to understand the war. They complain sometimes and it is so hard to explain why they can't have what they want now."
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April 6, 1942

Oscar came from the Santo Tomas internment camp today. He was able to secure a temporary pass for a sick friend who is in bad need of hospitalization. He says this friend was almost deliriouswith relief at being able to lie in a clean cool room.

"Living in camp is one hell of a life," this friend declared. "A hundred people in a single room, like chickens in a coop. Sure, you can go out of the coop if you want. But the campus is just one big bare piece of ground. Hot, dusty, no shade. The sun beats into your eyes. And you see a lot more when you go out. You see the children, dirty, red with prickly heat. It makes you want to cry sometimes."

He speaks of the coffee line, and tells of how there is not enough coffee to go around. He tells of the latrines, how women have to stand in a long queue, each one to wait for her turn, from early morning to late noon.

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