Objective: The Prologue discusses the treatment of prisoners of war by the Japanese. The Japanese signed, but never ratified the Geneva Convention of 1929, which concerned the humane treatment of prisoners. The objective of this lesson is to discuss how the Japanese treated prisoners of war.
1) Class discussion: Where were the prisoners at Puerto Princesa Prison camp directed to go on December 14? After the men crammed into the air-raid shelters, what did the Japanese throw inside? What happened when men tried to escape the fires? What else got thrown into the shelters after they were on fire? How did a paralyzed prisoner die? Why were Japanese soldiers stationed on the beach? Did they kill any escaping prisoners? What happened to men who hid in the water? What happened to prisoners who tried to hide on the shore? What was the "August 1 Kill-All Order"? Did the order tell prison...
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