During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Bilibid Prison served as a POW and a civilian internment camp. Prior to liberation in February 1945, thousands of POWs were processed through Bilibid before boarding the infamous "hellships" that would take them to forced labor camps throughout the Pacific. The camp also held hundreds of Allied civilians in deteriorating conditions.
Join Jim Zobel and Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial for a discussion of Bilibid – it’s function during World War II, the conditions in which prisoners lived, and the eventual liberation of the prison in 1945.
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