World War II Book Group

The World War II Book Group will discuss Long Way Back to the River Kwai: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in World War II by Loet Vilmans (Arcade, $14.95). Loet Velmans was in the Dutch Army in the Dutch East Indies when in March 1942, the Japanese invaded and made prisoners of the Dutch soldiers. For the next three and a half years Velmans and his fellow POWs toiled in slave labor camps, building a railroad through the dense jungle on the Burmese-Thailand border so the Japanese could invade India. Some 200,000 POWs and slave laborers died building this Death Railway. Velmans, though suffering from malaria, dysentery, malnutrition, and unspeakable mistreatment, never gave up hope. Fifty-seven years later he returned to revisit the place where he should have died and where he had buried his closest friend. From that emotional visit sprung this stunning memoir.

Event date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Long Way Back to the River Kwai: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in World War II Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611451856
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - September 2011