National Affairs: I'll Live Through This

Prison life is real life, too—stripped of all pretensions and pleasures. An uncivilizing process, prison life almost inevitably reduces man to the status of a beast living for mere survival. Prison demands the best in man, often brings out the worst.

Six weeks ago, a Navy general court-martial at Brooklyn's Naval Shipyard began the trial of stocky Chief Signalman Harold E. Hirshberg, 29, a regular Navy man and a section leader in several Japanese prison camps after his capture at Corregidor. Chief Hirshberg was charged with hitting six men in his charge, and of informing against three who planned to escape. One...

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