The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society
Information for families, researchers and POW camp tours.
The COFEPOW National Enterprise Competition for Primary Schools
For more than 25 years, the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society has researched and documented the history of the 16 former World War II Japanese prisoner of war camps on the island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa.
The Taiwan POW camps held over 4,350 Allied POWs and were some of the worst in all of the Far East, including those on the infamous Death Railway. More than 10% of the Taiwan POWs died in captivity from starvation, sickness, overwork and beatings from cruel guards.
For information about all of the former Taiwan POW camps, the men who were interned in them, and the effort to honour and remember their suffering and sacrifice, please visit our website at www.powtaiwan.org. Inquiries from FEPOW family members, researchers and others about the camps and the men are welcome.
The Society and COFEPOW have been associated for more than 20 years and we have shared the same passion - to make sure that the Far East Prisoners of War have their stories told and are not forgotten.
In addition to research, erecting 15 POW memorials and answering inquiries from former POWs and their family members over those years, from the beginning of our work in 1997 we have taken POWs and family members back to the sites of the camps, held memorial services, helped the men to finally have peace and closure, and for the family members, to know more about their loved one who seldom if ever talked about those dark days in captivity.
We conduct tours to the camps and related areas during our annual “Remembrance Week” event held every year in November, and we highly recommend that folks join us for that if possible. If not, it is also possible for individuals, families and groups to have a special tour at times throughout the year by contacting the Society well in advance.