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I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalms 4:8
The stories that have come out of times such as during World War II have been rather enlightening. While it can be hard for a civilian to understand exactly how people are mistreated at any given time, it has been brought to the view of the public through enlightening tales. While it is unclear as to whether these biographical books will be of any help to the imprisoned, they make it hard for the entire population to turn a blind eye.
It is important to note that while there are non-fiction books written, there are also fictional books that detail the struggles of people who live in POW camps and the lives that they live if they are ever freed from those camps.
PashaRu wrote:Nationalism, patriotism, and pride of country - "My country is the best one" - are often the enemies of compassion and understanding. It's a very narrow-minded point of view, and when the propaganda machines churn out hate, prejudice, and lies, especially during wartime, this makes those on opposite sides look at one another one-dimensionally - simply as "the enemy" - and then it becomes easy to treat such ones as less than human. In the years leading up to WWII, Hitler methodically carried out propaganda campaigns to sub-humanize the Jews, and by the time the Final Solution was instituted, there were many who had already been so thoroughly brainwashed, participating in the genocide didn't present much of an ethical or moral dilemma for them.
Those who abuse prisoners in a POW camp are conditioned to look at those prisoners as inferior beings. Once that has been accomplished, the rest is easy.
While I agree with PashaRu, I will contend that such propaganda campaigns are still being used today to justify war and it's treatment on POW's. I will also add Religion to Nationalism, Patriotism and Pride of Country.
My Grandfather was WWII POW and I would sit for hours listening to him recount his war experiences, begging for more. In many ways, I felt like I was living it through him. I grew up with view points people may consider obsolete.
As Edmund Burke says, Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.