Last week, 2½ years after World War II, more than 2,500,000 prisoners were still in custody. From the icy steppes of Siberia to the foggy downs of England, the P.O.W. was laboring in the fields, mines and industry. The victorious powers (with the exception of the U.S.) were in no hurry to send them home; for the P.O.W. had become a major economic asset to his captors.
Nations holding P.O.W.s at year's end were:
Russia, 1,712,000 (822,000 of them Japanese); France, 383,000; Great Britain, 257,000; Yugoslavia, 90,000; Poland, 50,000; Czechoslovakia, 10,000.
Britain expected to repatriate all prisoners by the end of next...