INDO-CHINA: Jean Leriche's Story

INDOCHINA

At Christmas time, the Viet Minh radio announced that 300 prisoners would be released as a token of the Communists' devotion to world peace. Last week the first batch of 109, wearing safe-conduct insignia reading Hochiminh Muon Nam" (One thousand years for Ho Chi Minh), arrived at a French strong point on the Red River delta perimeter. Among them was 24-year-old Jean Leriche, a civilian cameraman attached to the French army, who was captured by the Communists in November 1952.

In a Saigon hospital where he was being treated for malnutrition (he...

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