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Three Year Picnic

Three Year Picnic

An American Woman's Life Inside Japanese Prison Camps in the Philippines During WW2

by Evelyn Whitfield
Publisher: Premier Publishing
Mass market paperback, 319 pages
Current Retail Price: $19.95

Historical Setting: Phillipines, WWII

The cover background rendering is from a 1930's postcard depicting beautiful Burnham Green in Baguio, The Phillipines. The picturesque scene was a day's journey by car from a remote gold mining camp in the northern part of Luzon where the author and her husband were living when evacuated. The Japanese inscription translates as "permission denied"—or simply "no." This was the message stamped on most of the internee's petitions.

A riviting story, Three Year Picnic shares crisp details of Evelyn Whitfield's life inside civilian camps during her three-year WWII imprisonment by the Japanese occupation of the Phillipines. Evelyn wrote her story over 50 years ago, as part of her healing process—then put her manuscript away in a drawer.

Half a century later, her words have more impact than ever, offering hope and perspective to war-torn families everywhere. Newly discovered scrapbooks from her North American family (who never gave up hope of her rescue) reveal poignant letters illustrating their valiant effort to communicate, and newspaper clippings reflecting the mood of the era.

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