I loved this movie! My uncle was a POW in a German camp. One of the other prisoners was so badly injured and so poorly treated that my uncle and the other prisoners had to remove his infected eye. My uncle determined then to become a medical doctor if he got to return home. He became a fine doctor. For some reason, he was given supplies with which to knit and he also taught himself to knit beautifully. He also said that the German guards could not be roundly vilified. He said some of them saved the lives of the prisoners. Some of the prisoners even paid their own way to testify on behalf of the guards at their trials after the war.
When I was on my mission in the 1960's in the North Carolina hill country I had the opportunity to be told of the capture and POW history of a prisoner of the Japanese. He was captured in the Philippines and later transported to Japan and put to work in a coal mine. Basically being starved and worked to death. He was LDS.
The coal mine was across a range of hills/mountains from a city that became infamous. The prisoners knew the war was ending as the saw evidence of more US bombers and a few shot down pilots joining them.
In August, 1945 a B29 flew over their camp and then there was a horrendous flash on the other side of the mountains. They POWs had witnessed the Atomic Bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
The aftermath was not a violin, but most of their guards left. I was told they took revenge on some guards and for a few days roamed the nearby countryside and took whatever food they could find.
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