Recently I finished reading a deservedly popular book, “Unbroken,” chronicling, among other things, the inhumane treatment and torture of Allied prisoners in the Japanese prison camps of World War II. It was heartbreaking, to say the least, to read about those experiences.
I learned something new to me: The U.S. and other nations prosecuted a great number of the officials and guards of the camps for torture. Roughly 5,400 were tried and 4,400 convicted; 984 were given death sentences and 475 were given life sentences, with others receiving lesser sentences.
Needless to say, when the repatriated prisoners returned to the states, they had a …