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The Prisoner List
by Richard Kandler
Kandler has recently completed his book, "The Prisoner List",
about his late father's FEPOW experiences. Reuben Kandler (referred to
throughout the book simply as "Ben") was taken prisoner at Singapore,
before being transferred to the Saigon docks and, later, the Burma Railway.
After completion of the railway, Kandler began to compile the "prisoner
list" of the book's title, which detailed the awful truth of what
had happened to the thousand men in his contingent. Of the 700 who had
transferred with him to Thailand, they had lost one in five in their first
month on the railway; one in three never came home.
As the war reached its final stages, Kandler had to go to increasingly
extreme lengths to hide his record book from the prison guards and from
the Kempetai. He was also hiding other items, including a cash box containing
illicit local currency used for the benefit of the sick prisoners; he
came dangerously close to being found out.
The book has its own website at www.theprisonerlist.com,
which is well worth visiting even if you decide against buying it - not
least for the video clips of the interviews with the author's father on
which the book is based.
The book is published by Marsworth and can be ordered through the above
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