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War years in the Philippines, 1941-1945 [manuscript]

Statement of responsibility: by Paul Esmerian
by Esmerian, Paul.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1980Description: [87] leaves : 32 x 25 cm.Subject(s): Esmerian, Paul, 1912 -- Diaries | Santo Tomas Internment Camp (Manila, Philippines) | Prisoners of war -- France -- Diaries | Prisoners of war -- Philippines -- Diaries | Thai-Indochinese Conflict, 1940-1941 -- Personal narratives, French | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, JapaneseGeneral Note(s):
A partial translation of “Journal d’Extreme-Orient, 1940-1945” (Journal of the Far East). One of several versionsManuscript (Loose-leaf with binder)Language/Translation Info: EnglishSummary: The Japanese occupation of the Philippines and internment in Santo Tomas from a different perspective. Esmerian was a French national who was a young bank employee in Saigon until he was called to military service in 1939. He fought in the little-known Thai-French Indochina War of 1940, winning the Croix the Guerre for courage under fire. When the Japanese took Saigon in mid-1941, he was placed on the ship Marechal Foch which arrived in Mania just prior to the outbreak of war. Esmerian was considered an enemy alien by the Japanese, since he remained loyal to the French resistance government of Charles de Gaulle rather than to the Vichy government under Germany. He was thus interned in Santo Tomas – one of only seven Frenchmen in the camp. The memoir "Journal d'Extreme-Orient : 1940-1945," written in French, provides a perspective of the war and Santo Tomas that is different from the more numerous American memoirs. - Prof. Ricardo T. Jose
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A partial translation of “Journal d’Extreme-Orient, 1940-1945” (Journal of the Far East). One of several versions.

Manuscript (Loose-leaf with binder)

English

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