As he lay dying in the stern three-storey camp hospital
that still stands today, a group of camp inmates improvised a small band and stood under his window, playing his favourite hymns.
Romee Hindle has published a book about her childhood in a Japanese PoW camp Picture: TRACEY O'NEILL/ to200508; Prisoners at Lampersari camp learned the American national anthem in preparation for the time when the GI soldiers came to the rescue; Women suffering from diseases and malnutrition in the camp hospital
; Romee with her younger sister, Ies, and mother, Gon; Romee's sister, Ies, who now lives in Amsterdam with her husband
After liberation, which she poetically describes, she administered the camp hospital
. "There was joy, yes--we were free, the gates were open--but where we were to go, The liberation had come too late not only for the dead, but for us, the living as well."
During my first evening in the camp hospital
tent, I attended to patients with minor trauma, scorpion stings, spider bites, and the work of the insect known affectionately as the "pissing beetle." This insect, which I thankfully never personally experienced, was drawn to the neck and face of sleeping soldiers.
Benjamin said he dragged his bleeding brother to the barracks, and then carried him to the camp hospital
the next morning.
Then there was the problem posed by the lack of continuity of doctors at the camp hospital
It was an improved postwar camp, nothing like the hell of Kolyma." In a respectful letter to Solzhenitsyn (with whom Shalamov had an ambivalent personal relationship, recognizing him as an inferior writer but envious of his fame) the Kolyma survivor congratulated him on the publication of Ivan Denisovich, but objected to the cat kept as a pet in the camp hospital
. "In a real prison camp," Shalamov wrote, "that cat would have been eaten long ago." Indeed, in Kolyma Tales two cats end up in the cooking pot.
"You can't even walk outside," a nurse at the camp hospital
In worse shape were his legs, which he remembers appearing as "hamburger and bone splinters." The base camp hospital
provided initial care and amputated his legs; then it was on to Japan and finally Walter Reed Army Hospital back in the States.
We now know that he died primarily of enterocolitis on 6 June 1939 in a camp hospital
After being brutalized by the guards, prisoners were left to fend for themselves--to crawl slowly back to their barracks or to be carried to the inadequate camp hospital
hut by fellow prisoners.
The injured officers were rushed to the Datta Khel Camp hospital
for emergency treatment where their condition was declared stable by hospital staff.