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North East Supporters'. Group Newsletter. [Edition 2, April ]. ' remembering is not enough, if it simply hardens hate.' The Railway Man Eric Lomax. 1. The Railway Man by Eric Lomax; 6 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Atrocities, Biography, Burma-Siam Railroad. years to director Jonathan Teplitsky's The Railway Man and once again the building of the Thai-Burma (Death) Railway by the Japanese during World War II.
Rated R. Running time: 2 hour 14 min. Our star review : 4. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans The camp commander addresses the newly arrived Allied prisoners in this WW 2 true story of brutality and reconciliation set in SE Asia. More comparison of the three later on.
Charmaine wasn't sure whether she wanted to tell the story of how she fitted in, the story that is missing from the film of her father's life and yet integral to it. But seeing The Railway Man has prompted her to do so because, watching it, she felt as though the final piece of her lifelong mission to understand her father was being slotted into place.
What I saw for the first time was the man Dad should have been, the man he would have been if he hadn't suffered in the terrible way that he did.
That is an extraordinary feat, because the truth is that Charmaine, Linda and Nan were victims of torture just as Eric was. But while he was the victim of appalling physical torture in Burma he was waterboarded daily and kept at the point of death for weeks , his family were tortured secondhand, for decades, because of what it did to him and to their relationship.
For Charmaine, growing up, one phrase continually cropped up. The truth was that only Eric knew; and the only way he could survive was by burying it so deeply inside himself that he couldn't communicate anything.
Eric was 20 when he joined the Royal Signals Corps and went, in , to south-east Asia. In the months before he left, he'd been courting Nan in their native Edinburgh and on the eve of his departure they got engaged. Less than a year later, he was captured by the Japanese after the surrender of Singapore — and for the next three and a half years Nan waited, not knowing if he was alive or dead.
Eric, meanwhile, had been force-marched along with other British, Australian, Indian and Malay prisoners to the infamous concentration camp at Changi. Subsequently he was sent to Burma to work on the railway to Siam now Thailand. Some of the prisoners built their own radio which they used to follow the progress of the war. But in August they were caught; 10 men were arrested, severely beaten two died and moved to a special prison for prolonged torture — Eric was one of them.
One night in , Nan, a devout Christian, had a dream in which she saw Eric emerging from a bright light.
When she woke up, she felt certain that he would come home. A few months later, he did. They might have waited to get married but while Eric was a prisoner of war, his mother died. His father had remarried. Today, every professional he'd have encountered once he was home would have urged him not to rush into anything after his experience in captivity. But this was An army doctor checked his vital signs and told him to get on with his life. Three weeks later, Eric and Nan were married.
Nan never did ask again: To compound his crime, the enemy discovered a map of the railway, drawn by him. None of his explanations that he had done it as an enthusiast helped - he was seen as plotting espionage.
All the suspects were brutally beaten two died of the beatings , confined in cramped cages under the hot sun, and Lomax was subjected to a cruel form of water torture rather like waterboarding to make him confess to espionage all the while, both his arms were in splints because they were broken. Then they were sentenced to various terms in prison, where extreme malnutrition and overwork ensured that most of them wouldn't ever come out alive.
However, Eric survived - though a totally broken man.
He came home to find his mother dead and father remarried. Unable to connect with his family, he married his fiance and settled down - but his ghosts wouldn't let him go, and the marriage broke up. At this low point in his life, he met his second wife Patti, a benign and understanding person, and his life took a turn for the better. Even then, Lomax could not let go of his hatred for the enemy, which was symbolically concentrated on the Japanese interpreter Nagase who was present during his interrogation.
He continuously fantasised about torturing and murdering him, and kept on searching for his whereabouts - only to find him in the eighties as a reformed man, a converted Buddhist doing his mite to help the survivors of the war.
After a lot of dilly-dallying, Lomax decided to meet Nagase, to lay his ghosts once and for ever. That meeting turned out to be the turning point in his life. From a demon, the "enemy" was transformed into a human being like himself. His hatred went away - and along with that, the ghosts of his past. Got Some Feedback?
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