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This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse P.O.W. in the Occupied Philippines

This Coffee Talk will be presented by historian Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, author of “This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines.“ When the Philippines fell to Japan in early January 1942, navy nurse Dorothy Still was held captive in a hospital and then transferred to a university along with thousands of civilian prisoners. Cramped conditions, disease and poor nutrition meant the navy nurses and their army counterparts were overwhelmed caring for the camp. They endured disease, starvation, severe overcrowding, and abuse from guards, but also experienced friendship, hope, and some, including Dorothy, even found love.