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The POWs initial response to the news of the end of the war was not what they had expected. "Victory Shows" gave them a chance to release and channel their exuberance into collective celebrations. But keeping the ex-POWs in check during the long wait that followed until their liberation—and later still, until their repatriation—taxed the abilities of the entertainers to the utmost.

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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 11. “Out of the Blue Came Freedom”: Victory Shows and Aftermath


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