BRAZIL: Prison into Fortress

To some 700 men & women on the rugged island of Fernando de Noronha, far out in the South Atlantic, the fortunes of World War II last week brought hope of excitement, if not of freedom. Brazil announced that she was converting her island prison into an island fortress.

Far more difficult to escape from than famed Devil's Island, Fernando de Noronha houses murderers and other felons from the State of Pernambuco, political prisoners from all Brazil. Between the island and Natal, on the bulge of South America, lie some 225 miles of...