International: The Captive Audience

As the timid, thankful repatriates told their stories at Munsan and Inchon last week, one fact became increasingly clear: the Chinese Communists have waged a ceaseless battle for the minds of their captives. Whatever cruel or gentle things the Chinese did, their purpose was to convince the P.W.s that the U.S. started the war, that the Chinese "volunteers" were their friends, that the U.S. was conducting germ warfare and had massacred North Korean and Chinese prisoners. "Physically," one ex-prisoner said of his Chinese camp, "it was all right, but mentally it was damn...

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