Echoes of Captivity

Echoes of Captivity (1998) This documentary, produced by the National Park Service and narrated by General Colin Powell, uses narrative and visual material from the Andersonville Historic Site to bring viewers through the prisoner experience from capture to repatriation. Wars covered include the Revolutionary War, 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. The leitmotif is that POWs have suffered similar brutalities throughout all the wars that America has fought: fear and uncertainty after capture; a strenuous and dangerous march to a prison camp; horrid conditions in the camp including rotten food, violent guards, and poor living conditions in general; a will to live and communicate; escape if possible, and repatriation to a welcoming country and family.
Robert C. Doyle Franciscan University of Steubenville rcdoyle@sbsglobal.net

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