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This chapter looks back at the ways in which the POWs believed their entertainment helped them survive against "the enemy within" and "the enemy without." Their statements about the particular values of music, theatre, and dance –and of the performers themselves—are examined closely. A final section looks at what the POWs perceived about the intimate relationship between the performing arts and healing.

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This book tells the story of how music and theatre helped the 61,000 POWs who were sent to these camps survive their ordeal. It is a story that is not well-known to history and it is now being recovered. It is a story about how music and theatre and the other arts are absolutely essential to a society's life.

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Chapter 15. “To Keep Going the Spirit”: What Music and Theatre Meant to the POWs


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