Publisher description for Diary of a girl in Changi, 1941-45 / Sheila Allan.


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Sheila Bruhn (nee Allan) was born in Malaysia before the outbreak of World War II. At the age of seventeen, she was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Singapore and interned in Changi Prison and Sime Road Camp. This book is the moving personal account of a young girl living in the midst of hardship and adversity. Written on scraps of paper that were kept hidden in her quarters, Sheila Allan's diary is a record of the daily lives of those interned in Changi. On the one hand, there were years of wasted youth; on the other, they provided a rich learning experience in a community of close comradeship. Tolerance, humour and creativity, and above all, an undying hope for the future, colour her observations of this period.

This edition includes information on the Changi quilts. These embroidered squares, individually created and signed by the women internees, were sewn together into three separate quilts: the Australian quilt, the British quilt, and the Japanese quilt. All the quilts can be seen at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Allan, Sheila, -- 1924- -- Diaries.
Changi POW Camp (Changi, Singapore)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian.
Prisoners of war -- Singapore -- Changi -- Diaries.
Prisoners of war -- Australia -- Diaries.