A history lesson

History was never my best subject, due to my lack of flair in writing. Nevertheless, I do enjoy reading. I read for the sake of pure reading; not for critical analysis and evaluation of sources. I also find it a drag doing historical research cos there are so many layers of inferences to make. Thus, today for me was not a great day cos I had to spend the day at the national archives going through resources.
Anyway,the following is something worth sharing:
Colours Behind Barbed Wires: A Prisoner of War’s Story Through Haxworth’s Sketches
W R M Haxworth joined the Singapore Police Force as an Inspector in 1929. When Singapore fell in 1942, Haxworth became a civilian Prisoner Of War (POW) first at Changi Prison, and, later, at Sime Road Camp. During his imprisonment, Haxworth produced over 400 sketches, despite the shortage of paper and art supplies. These sketches depict the harsh and difficult conditions of the POW camps. How did the POWs cope? What kinds of torture were they subjected to? How did they keep their hopes alive when everything around them appeared hopeless? The answers to these questions can be found in Haxworth’s sketches – sensitively and humanly captured often, with a light comic touch. The exhibition is also available online at http://www.s1942.org.sg.
1. Go to the Haxworth Sketch Book: http://www.s1942.org.sg/dir_defence8.htm or http://www.s1942.org.sg/.
2. View Sketch Book (253kb) (Requires Macromedia FlashPlayer)
However, bear in mind the bias rule when viewing it:
1. Every piece of evidence and every source must be read or viewed skeptically and critically.
2. No piece of evidence should be taken at face value. The creator’s point of view must be
3. Each piece of evidence and source must be cross-checked and compared with related sources
and pieces of evidence.
Ok, that’s today’s lesson in history.

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