This book focuses on the numerous examples of creativity produced by POWs and civilian internees during their captivity, including: paintings, cartoons, craftwork, needlework, acting, musical compositions, magazine and newspaper articles, wood carving, and recycled Red Cross tins turned into plates, mugs and makeshift stoves, all which have previously received little attention. The authors of this volume show the wide potential of such items to inform us about the daily life and struggle for survival behind barbed wire. Previously dismissed as items which could only serve to illustrate POW memoirs and diaries, this book argues for a central role of all items of creativity in helping us to understand the true experience of life in captivity. The international authors draw upon a rich seam of material from their own case studies of POW and civilian internment camps across the world, to offer a range of interpretations of this diverse and extraordinary material.

chapter 1|15 pages

The Importance of Creativity Behind Barbed Wire

Setting a Research Agenda
ByGilly Carr, Harold Mytum

part I|81 pages

Creativity and Narratives of Survival

chapter 2|15 pages

Wonder Bar

Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival in a Second World War POW Hospital Camp
BySears Eldredge

chapter 3|17 pages

‘Spiritual Vitamins'

Music in Huyton and Central Internment Camps May 1940 to January 1941
BySuzanne Snizek

chapter 4|15 pages

Tins, Tubes and Tenacity

Inventive Medicine in Camps in the Far East
ByMeg Parkes

chapter 5|15 pages

Creativity and the Body

Civilian Internees in British Asia during the Second World War
ByFelicia Yap

chapter 6|17 pages

The Arts of Survival

Remaking the Inside Spaces of Japanese American Concentration Camps
ByJane Dusselier

part II|106 pages

Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Internment

chapter 7|18 pages

In the Distorted Mirror

Cartoons and Photography of Polish and British POWs in Wehrmacht Captivity
ByAnna Wickiewicz

chapter 8|14 pages

Souvenirs of Internment

Camp Newspapers as a Tangible Record of a Forgotten Experience
ByEuan McKay

chapter 9|19 pages

Deciphering Dynamic Networks from Static Images

First World War Photographs at Douglas Camp
ByHarold Mytum

chapter 10|16 pages

Beyond Collaboration and Resistance

‘Accommodation' at the Weihsien Internment Camp, China, 1943–1945
ByJonathan Henshaw

chapter 11|18 pages

‘God Save the King!'

Creative Modes of Protest, Defiance and Identity in Channel Islander Internment Camps in Germany, 1942–1945
ByGilly Carr

chapter 12|19 pages

‘Astounding and Encouraging'

High and Low Art Produced in Internment on the Isle of Man during the Second World War
ByRachel Dickson, Sarah MacDougall, Ulrike Smalley

part III|101 pages

Creativity and Internment Identities

chapter 13|20 pages

Kulturkrieg and Frontgeist from behind the Wire

World War I Newspapers from Douglas Internment Camp
ByJennifer Kewley Draskau

chapter 14|17 pages

Captivity in Print

The Form and Function of POW Camp Magazines
ByOliver Wilkinson

chapter 15|17 pages

The Women's Embroideries of Internment in the Far East 1942–1945

ByBernice Archer, Alan Jeffreys

chapter 16|14 pages

Madonnas and Prima Donnas

The Representation of Women in an Italian Prisoner of War Camp in South Africa
ByDonato Somma

chapter 17|16 pages

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

Ingenuity in German Prisoner of War Camps
ByPeter Doyle

chapter 18|15 pages

Camp Domesticity

Shifting Gender Boundaries in WWI Internment Camps
ByIris Rachamimov