Commission Appointed by the Authorities of Sime Read Internment Camp Hearing Document

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number PR00721
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Document
Maker Commission Appointed by the Authorities of Sime Read Internment Camp
Place made Singapore
Date made 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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Description

Collection relating to the commission appointed by the authorities of Sime Road Internment Camp, Singapore, 1943-1945.

Collection consists of a typescript of findings made by a commission appointed to examine the treatment of internees at the Sime Road Internment camp in Singapore. The commission report relates to an incident that began on 10 October 1943 and was assembled from the accounts of 36 survivors. The report begins with a description of searches undertaken at Changi Prison by Japanese soldiers in efforts to find a suspected wireless communication system and spy network. The findings of the commission state that no such network or devices were present, with the exception of radios used to receive news from overseas news stations. The majority of the report however, focuses on the 57 internees that were identified as suspects by the Japanese from the raid on 10 October, and their treatment while being imprisoned. This includes details of torture and torture tactics undertaken by the Japanese captors including burning, water-boarding, realistic threats of execution, threats to families, and prolonged beatings. The report concludes with a brief analysis of the treatment and fates of some of the 57.