Tortured by the Japanese in WW2, what happened when a former POW met his chief tormentor again 50 years later

Tortured by the Japanese in WW2, what happened when a former POW met his chief tormentor again 50 years later


Eric Lomax, who died on Monday aged 93, was starved, viciously beaten and tortured as a prisoner of the Japanese during WW2.  Fifty years later, he was to meet his chief tormentor again.

An account of his story published in the Reader’s Digest in 1994 generated such interest that, a year later, he published his own memoir called The Railway Man.

Eric Lomax was born in Edinburgh on 30 May 1919.  Just before the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, aged 19, he joined the Royal Corps of Signals.  Commissioned in December 1940, he was posted to Malaya in 1941, but his unit was soon in full retreat to Singapore, where he was captured by the Japanese in February 1942.  With thousands of his fellow prisoners, he undertook a forced march to Changi Prison, and was then transported 1,200 miles to Kanchanaburi, Thailand, and forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway.

By day, the prisoners laboured in temperatures exceeding 38°C.  By night, they slept on wooden planks in dismal bamboo huts.  Nearly all the men were depleted from malnutrition and disease, and they were dying by the score.

To obtain war news, Lomax and a few other prisoners had secretly built a radio receiver from scrap materials they collected.  They concealed it in a coffee tin and huddled around it at night.  Lomax also drew a map of the area around the railway to aid in possible escape attempts, gaining information from truck drivers, new prisoners, and Japanese maps whenever he had access to camp offices.  He hid his map in the latrine.  The radio went undetected for a few months until one morning when the Japanese conducted a surprise search of the huts.  It was discovered under the bunk of another prisoner, whose immediate punishment was to swing a 270lb sledgehammer onto a block of wood for hours at a time.

A few weeks later, Lomax and 4 of his radio ‘co-conspirators’ were ordered to gather their belongings to move to another camp in Kanchanaburi.  Lomax ducked into the latrine and grabbed the map.  When they arrived at the new camp, the prisoners were thrown to the ground and their meagre possessions ransacked.  A guard found Lomax’s map and they were ordered to stand at attention all day in the scorching sun, without food or water.  Finally, that night, one of the prisoners was ordered to raise his arms above his head. A soldier swung the wooden handle of a pickaxe down across the man’s back, knocking him to the ground. Other guards joined in, beating and kicking the man until he appeared lifeless. Another prisoner was similarly beaten.  Lomax was next.  Within seconds he was slammed to the ground, and his mouth filled with blood.  He felt boot heels on the back of his head, crunching his face into the gravel.  He heard the crack of his own bones.  The beating went on until he lost consciousness.

When Lomax woke the next morning, his body was numb.  The other four men were sprawled nearby, groaning.  They lay under the fierce sun for two days before fellow POWs were sent to carry them to the camp hospital, where a Dutch doctor treated them as best he could.  Lomax was in the worst condition.  His nose, arms, right hip and several ribs were broken. Bruises covered his body. “You men suffered the most horrendous beatings I have ever witnessed,” the doctor said. “I counted 900 blows over six hours.”

Two weeks after the beatings, with his arms encased in splints and bandages, Lomax was driven to the Japanese military-police headquarters in Kanchanaburi.  There, he was locked in a 5ft cage that soon became full of red ants, mosquitoes and his own filth.

Eventually, he was brought before a shaven-headed NCO, “his face full of violence” and an “almost delicate” interpreter, Takashi Nagase, for interrogation.  In fluent English, Nagase accused Lomax of ‘anti-Japanese activities’ and stated that he would be ‘killed shortly’.  Lomax remembered it as, “a flat neutral piece of information … I had just been sentenced to death by a man my own age who seemed completely indifferent to my fate. I had no reason to doubt him.”

Nagase said to Lomax, “We know you were involved in building and operating the radio – your friends confessed to your part in it. Now tell us: Who else was involved?”  Lomax refused to tell them.  They wanted to know why Lomax had secret map of the area around the railway, and where he had got the information to draw it.  Unsurprisingly, his explanation that he was a railway enthusiast who had simply mapped it for pleasure on his own devices did not convince them.

The interrogation went on for hours, then days.  Nagase was always on hand as interpreter.  Eventually the military policemen began to slap Lomax, and then deliver repeated blows to his face as his silence continued.  When the policemen stalked out of the room momentarily, Nagase whispered to Lomax, “If you confess, they’ll stop beating you.”  But Lomax remained defiant.

On the 5th day of interrogation, Lomax was accused of being a spy – a crime punishable by death.  When Nagase told him he had to sign a confession, Lomax again refused.  Lomax was dragged out to the banks of the River Kwai and was laid on his back on a bench.  One of his broken arms was pulled behind his back, the other across his chest, and he was tied down. He was in agony.

“Are you ready to talk?” Nagase asked.  Lomax shook his head.

A towel was put over his mouth and nose. Then one of the guards picked up a long rubber hose, turned a faucet on full force, and directed the stream onto the towel. The water soaked through, blocking Lomax’s mouth and nose.  He gagged and frantically gasped for breath as water filled his throat.  His stomach began to swell.  He was drowning on dry land.  When the towel was finally removed and Lomax had recovered from his delirium, he still refused to confess and name his confederates.  The water torture began once more.  At times, Lomax ended up crying out for his mother, unaware that she had died soon after his capture.

The interrogation and torture finally stopped after more than a week.  The Japanese had brought Lomax as close to death as possible, yet he showed no signs of giving in.  Nagase informed Lomax that he was being transferred out of the camp.  Expressing empathy with the prisoner, Nagase said, “Keep your chin up.”

It had no effect on Lomax, who was consumed with hatred for Nagase.  In Lomax’s mind, Nagase personified all the atrocities committed by the Japanese.  His was the voice that Lomax heard hour after hour, when the torture began and ended.  During the interrogations, Lomax memorised every feature of Nagase’s face: the dark eyes, the small nose, the broad forehead.  He wanted to remember him, and someday find him and make him pay.

Eric Lomax and Nagase Takashi during WW2

Lomax was tried in a court in Bangkok for his ‘crimes’ and sentenced him to 5 years’ hard labour.  He was sent to a disease-ridden prison in Singapore and twice feigned injury in order to be sent to hospital.  He stayed there until the war ended, when his suffering appeared to be over.

When Lomax finally returned home to Britain, he learned that his mother had died three years before, and his father had remarried. He was relieved to find, however, that his fiancée had waited for him.  They married three weeks after his arrival, and Lomax’s life seemed to settle into a comfortable routine.  He retired from the army in 1948, worked abroad for some years and later got a job teaching personnel management at Strathelyde University in Glasgow. He also became the father of two girls.

But his wartime past wouldn’t leave him.  The fractured bones in his right arm and wrist never set properly, making it painful for him to write.  He also had frequent nightmares in which he would see Nagase’s face and hear his voice.  He refused to talk about the war, reasoning that nobody would understand.  He would lose his temper over trivial matters, such as bureaucratic requests for personal information.  When his wife asked him what was wrong, Lomax remained tight-lipped and sullen. Finally the marriage ended.

In 1983, at the age of 64, Lomax married Patricia Wallace, a 46-year-old nurse.  Patti understood that her husband’s angry outbursts were related to his wartime experiences and assumed things would get better with time.  Unfortunately, matters grew worse and the flashbacks continued.  He even once refused to take a seat in a restaurant because a Japanese couple was eating nearby.  At his wife’s urging, Lomax contacted the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and began treatments with a psychiatrist, talking about his experiences as a POW.  But, he remained darkly obsessed with his torturers, especially the interpreter.  He located and wrote other British survivors of Kanchanaburi, requesting information about the camp officials.  Nothing came of his efforts.  Then, in October 1989, a friend gave Lomax a newspaper clipping about the publication of Crosses and Tigers, a book by Takashi Nagase.

To Lomax’s amazement, the article explained how, “the author has flashbacks of the Japanese military police in Kanchanaburi torturing a POW accused of possessing a map.  One of their methods was to pour large amounts of water down his throat.”  The article spoke of Nagase’s remorse over Japanese atrocities and his public acts of atonement to the victims.

Lomax got a copy of Nagase’s book and found it very painful to read, especially the details of his interrogation and torture.  His wife suggested that he write to Nagase.  Lomax refused, but gave her grudging permission to send a letter on her own.

“I have just finished reading your book,” Patti wrote. “My husband is the man you describe being tortured so terribly”. She went on to say he had lived with many unanswered questions all these years and ended with a request: “if you are willing, perhaps you would correspond with my husband?”

Patti Lomax was moved to tears by Nagase’s reply. “I have suffered tremendous guilt all these years,” he wrote.  “I have often prayed I would meet your husband again and be able to seek forgiveness for what I assisted in.”

Convinced of Nagase’s sincerity, Patti suggested to her husband that he should write himself.  While Lomax was extremely reluctant to contact the very object of his hatred, Patti gently suggested, “Maybe it’s time to step out of the darkness.”

Eventually Lomax agreed that Nagase’s remorse must he genuine and replied with a note, “Perhaps a meeting would be good for us.  They agreed to meet at the World War 2 museum in Kanchanaburi on 26 March 1993 – almost 50 years after their first encounter.

Lomax travelled to the Far East with Patti.  On the day of the meeting, he nervously paced about the museum’s terrace.  Then he saw a slight Japanese man walking towards him. The face was much older, but still instantly recognisable.  The former interpreter identified Lomax just as quickly.  When Nagase reached Lomax, he bowed deeply. “I am so very sorry,” he said softly. “I would like…” His voice cracked, and he began to cry.  On instinct, Lomax put out his hand, and Nagase clasped it tightly.  They sat together in silence on a nearby bench. Finally Lomax spoke, “Do you remember what you told me when we last met?”

“No, I don’t,” Nagase replied.

“You said, ‘Keep your chin up.” Lomax paused, then smiled.

The tension began to vanish.  Over the next three days, the men talked about their lives since the war.  Their rapport grew easier with time.

The day before they were to part, the two men sat across from each other in silence. Then Lomax handed Nagase a letter he had written the night before. “I think you’d like to have this,” he said.

Nagase unfolded the page and read the words, “Although I can’t forget the ill treatment at Kanchanaburi, taking into account your change of heart, your apologies, the work you are doing, please accept my total forgiveness.”

Nagase looked up and grasped Lomax’s hand.  Both men had tears in their eyes.

“I’ve learned that hate is a useless battle,” Lomax said, “and it has to end sometime.”

The two men went on to become firm friends, and their remarkable story of reconciliation has been turned into a film, starring Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, with Nicole Kidman playing his wife.  Sadly, Mr Lomax will not now see the film’s release next year.

Eric Lomax and Nagase Takashi in 1998 at the River Kwai, Thailand


* Update January 2014 – the movie is out now in cinemas:

The Railway Man



    • United Kingdom My Uncle worked on the infamous railway. He was tortured by the little yellow bastards. He did not survive . Please read ” Banzai you bastards ” writted by a prisioner called Jack Edwards then try and forgive

      • United States If all men were respinsiresponsible for the commands of their superiors, even the soldiers of the American militaries would suffer the consequences of massacring and raping thousands in the middle east. Please take your ignorance elsewhere, where it will not harm productive members of society.

        • United States I do not know where you are getting your information from about Americans massacring thousands AND Raping Middle east civilians. That is a complete lie and a bum rap, probably promoted by the some of the crazy radicals in the Middle East countries. I have been in the US military, and I know that behaving like a beast is never taught by our commanders. I know that American troops are probably number ONE ‘ in rules of engagement, personal conduct and respect for civilians as well as Geneva convention rules of war . Also humanitarian aid as well. The American boys should be commended for the tough missions they have been involved in while doing a very dirty job over there. so now you have heard the truth.

        • United States I Tend to disagree with you, as far as “who” benefits most. In this case, I think Mr. Nagase has had his many “Demons” removed, at least in part. Can they all be removed, in one lifetime? I think not. The victimizer ( Nagase) I think, has far more “Demons” to be removed than the Victim. Ultimately, the victimizer has to answer to God, his victim and just as important, his own conscience and soul. A daunting task, to say the least. But mr. Nagase to his credit, has taken the the first steps towards the healing, his healing, and this helps the victim as well. Just the fact, that this story reaches the ears and minds of people around the globe is in itself a powerful instrument to help prevent brutality, and mistreatment of POW’s.

    • Philippines its really hard to put ourselves into their shoes.
      but not to forget is the sinful nature of us.
      The comfort then is that the God of the bible
      ‘ . . . keeps no record of wrongs.’ that’s what
      Jesus has done for His people

      • United States Really, you self righteous bastard. It is not you or your god to choose to forgive if you fuck someone over or up through life. Oh, so Jesus forgave you for raping the 2 year old kid, or murdering an entire group of people… Congratulations. Jesus forgave you… really… I wish all your dumb asses would drink the fucking koolaid and get yourselves out of here so people can get on with actually being decent human beings, not sitting there sopping up their fuck ups with “Well, God forgives me… it’s time for you to move on now…” You are a failure on society.

  1. Singapore I read this book, it is by far the most moving book I read in a long time, it gave me goosebumps and I cried so much. God bless Eric Lomax for his legacy. Can’t wait to watch this film too

  2. Philippines I guess “to forget” is not a criteria to meet for us “to forgive”..
    Maybe we can forgive first to forget faster…hopefully.

  3. Singapore These words “I’ve learned that hate is a useless battle,” Lomax said, “and it has to end sometime” reached out to me today as I am reeling in a misunderstanding with a friend who have branded me as a hypocrite!I have to take the first step to bridge, and this article has given me good reason to. Someone also told me that we need to forgive not because the person who offended us deserve it, but because we deserve the peace.
    Thank you.

  4. United States japanese are just as crazy now as 50 years ago.. they’ve never changed a bit. they would still do anything for their emperor.

    • Philippines Ray, you seem to be too judgemental about the Japanese. People do change, as time passes by. It’s not always, but it is a possibility in life. Forgiving is not easy, but its a start to make this world a better place. If you let your heart be consumed by hatred, and be too close minded, you won’t see the beauty of life.

        • Philippines Whether your soldiers are right or wrong, as a countryman, you are bound by duty to honor your soldiers, whether they be alive or dead. Enduring harsh training and facing death to protect the land and its interests should not be something thrown away. This is right just for a countryman, though it may be perceived as someone honoring a war criminal.

          History is always written by the victor or the colonizer to glorify the victorious writer and to disparage the vanquished foe.

        • Japan the Japanese story is much more complicated than the report in the paper. Do the research yourself and be wiser for it

          • Singapore Your country has censored a lot of stuff in textbooks to prevent the youngsters from knowing about the truly dark history of Japan. All the countries who were victim to Japan have records of the war, how is it that only Japan’s ones are different? Obviously trying to cover up their shame. Of course, the youngsters are not to be blamed, but the fact that you’re trying to defend the despicable acts of your ancestors cannot be tolerated by the many whose ancestors were victims to. Maybe you’re the one should be doing research that isn’t “written by japanese” and actually read texts from the many countries that were victims in the war. We have black and white photographs and pictorial evidences. Not so knowledgeable after all are you?

      • United States I can confirm what Ray has said about the Japanese…
        My advice to you would be to not let your heart be consumed with ignorance.

    • United States in the USA and reading about the news on the several school shooting incidents makes us wonder what is happening..Human craziness is all parts of the there are kind Japanese and there are crazy there are other crazy people in all kinds of races and nations..let us be happy that there are kind Japanese as there are kind people all over the world..hopefully, goodness and kindness will triumph over evil..just saying.

    • Japan for the emperor?
      are all muricans this idiot? japan is not an absolute monarchy country. please read more references.
      oh, and don’t forget to study geography too because most muricans are bad with geography.

    • United States People are too stupid to realize that Ishii got away with his crimes, that the japs are teaching their children in school that the “comfort women” did not happen and that the rape of Nanking did not happen.

      Scumbag ingrates living with the luxury of freedom given to them by the sacrifice of those they would like to condemn for not “forgiving” (as they deem it should be) those animals.

  5. India I am terrified to see the film. I dont think I can watch the torture that might be shown. Even reading about it shook me at my deep stomach.
    But finally forgiving only gives peace to the forgiver rather than to the forgived. One has to forget and move on in life, though it may ot be easy.
    Is it easy to forgive a person who has not felt sorry for the wrongs that has been done?The next best thing is to avoid them.


  6. Philippines to forgive is divine, we have to forgive others, to live in hatred is useless, Let God hands funish who sins against us.

    • United States Divine??? Isn’t that exactly what drove the Japanese to commit such atrocities? Yes, it most certainly was.

      • Thailand ooohhhhh and the atrocities u AMERICANS caused to those Native Americans in the past, was that not for self glory? selfish bastards, stop dwelling on the past and pointing fingers when ur hands are not clean. Their ancestors did the same things that ur ancestors did and that does not make u any better and give u the right to judge others.

  7. Malaysia Awesome ? I would not forgive the jap for killing my grandfather during WW2. Because of that, my father became an orphan, and because of that my family was broken. My uncle and aunt were given to other families to raised. I don’t even know where they are now.

    Best part? They built shrine in Japan and pray to their so called “HEROES”. Thanks to them, a family was lost!!! I think not only a family, there’s thousands more families. I’m one of those unlucky ones. Thank you JAPAN!

    • Malaysia and how bout the thousands of lives lost at the hands of US soldiers? americans are treating them as THEIR HEROES too. same situation, different time and place. but i guess it’s pretty damn normal for selfish, entitled americans like you to think that way.


      • Singapore Hi, man, usa is not the country to cause the war at that time, just like Malaysia, Singapore and other Asia countries. Study your history first before make any stupid comments.

    • Singapore Agree, as long as they still go there to pray, they are still not forgivable. The difference between German and Japan is, Germans really apologised from the bottom of the heart, how about japs, no, never ever. Some more, want to change the history. What is F.

      • Switzerland the Japanese signed to never use miliatry against another country, only defend themselves. And hell, losses can be counted on both sides. Americans made sure to destroy thousands of lives in Japan as well, only to try out the effect of the atomic bombs. Generations were destroyed. Every nation has its dark history, not only Japan or Germany or America. To accuse just one nation to be evil is unreasonnable

        • Malaysia America made the correct decision to use the A bomb on Japan in August 1945. It was to stop the barbaric and maniacal war machine and society at that time. A land invasion would have cost an estimated 2 million casualties on both sides. Japan was the country which launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and was the aggressor in China, South East Asia and the Pacific, not to mention the many massacres committed on civilians and prisoners of war.

          • Japan What BS. Correct decision? Seriously? People die in war and war is stupid but the bombs caused long lasting effects and illnesses on generations of Japanese. Get off your high horse and move on. Do some reading and get yourself an education.

  8. Philippines you can nver move on as long as you still hold a grudge from the past. they were just a PIECE OF BOARD GAME that accepts orders. PEACE Y’all!

    • United States No true at all. Grudges often result in a will to change things. Look up Adam Walsh and his father John Walsh for evidence that rage and anger can produce great things.

  9. Canada Very interesting. I’m a WWll Nutcase, who can’t get enough info on that war. I’m currently reading a series of books on this exact subject. If anyone is interested, there’s a book out by Nathan M. Greenfield. The Canadians at the battle of Hong Kong and the POW experiences.1941-1945 It’s called THE DAMNED. Also CANADIANS POWS ESCAPERS AND EVADERS IN EUROPE 1939-1945 Its also written by NATHAN M. GREENFIELD. And lastly if you want to read the real story not the Hollywood story of THE GREAT ESCAPE TED BARRIS has a new book THE GREAT ESCAPE A CANADIAN STORY I highly recommend all three of these Canadian Authors. These are real story’s not someone’s imagination.

      • Canada Probably the reason he’s focused on the Canadian role in WW2 is because they held a key role in the ending of it! Another thing Americanized history books fail to touch upon in their mad quest to play the conquering hero!

  10. Singapore ” Forgive thy enemy! ” is easy said than do. It takes a great & compassionate heart to do so. Praying there are more brave men & women who can walk out of the dark & tell the truth to educate the young generation to live with peace. My father, as an innocent new village man was arrested & tortured without reason at all. He had passed away when I was 18 years old. My salute to both these men…….

  11. Philippines wow! this is what the bible said’ forgive and you will be forgive! amen to this story.

    Rev. Joel C. Reyes

  12. Malaysia I’m sitting inside the air-con room comfortably typing this down. Supposedly I would follow the others and humming “peace, forgiveness, the power to heal, bla,bla..’ But whenever people talk about WWII. The horrifing imagery comes to mind. Unborn child hanging on the point of their guns; pragnant women tortured and killed; innocent people losing limps and family members. And they posed proudly with grind on the face.

  13. Philippines What has been done is done. What should be done next is what is right.

    Right, can be defined depending on the culture.

    The right thing might either be forgiveness for some, or punishment to others.

    Whatever. One thing’s right for sure, don’t do it in the first place if you want to be right.

  14. Australia My dad was in Changi and on the Burma railway. He didn’t like talking about his army years either.
    We had Japan as our enemy for 4 years.
    Not 40 years like Korean and Japan.
    Not 400 years like England and Ireland.
    Not 4000 years like Israel and their neighbours.
    Just 4 years.
    If we can’t overcome our resentment, how can we hope for Peace.
    Thanks for this. I’ll be visiting the cinema soon.

  15. Philippines My father, a guerilla fighter was also a victim of Japanese torture at the late part of the 2nd World War………his only brother was shot dead by Japanese snipers months after Japan’s unconditional surrender………..Yet as a marine engineer on a merchant ship…..he found himself hanging around with Japanese when they are docked in Kobe, Japan. He even welcome some of them when they come and visited him in Manila. And me the youngest son was working in a Japanese factory for more than 10 years and visited Japan 4 times and enjoyed staying in Japan. People forgive and even forget the hard past and enjoy the present and be hopeful of the future………Carlos A. Borbon

  16. United States An englishman being tortured becomes a movie what about billions tourtured by european empires for centuries in different parts of the world .
    Shouldn’t these countries apologise to billions across the globe.

    • Philippines well.. we forgive and forget lol but seriously if its war we do that to each other, europe is just lucky to be the strongest at the time

  17. Philippines It hurts to read Eric Lomax’s story. Glad to know the ending, I must say. It was good that he had a chance to have a proper closure with Nagase Takashi.

    • Thailand I agree with you. The movie “To end all wars” was also a very touching heart-breaking story about the lives of POW. I even went to Kanchanaburi to see the war cemetery and the war museum. It depicts the horrendous experiences of the POW in the hands of the cruel Japanese Imperial army. The bridge also was called as “the bridge that was built by white man’s blood”.

  18. Australia The Japanese proved themselves to be very barbaric and uncivilised 70 years ago. Now, 70 years later, the same barbaric generation has spawned politicians who have not learned the lessons of war, and are happily drumming sounds of aggression and confrontation. Remember …The Rape of Nanking ?? The Yasukini shrine should be a permanent Shrine of National Shame !!

    • Thailand by the sound of ur mention about the rape of nanking and ur name as somewhat of chinese descent, stop talking about the japanese when ur own history is full of raping ur own people and the wars of the three kingdoms. thanks to ur triad chinese gangs everywhere around the globe especially in southeast asia, ur country’s gangs are raping southeast asian women in their own country. shame on u.

  19. - Nothing will change; it never changes. Out of guilt for Hiroshima, and, Nagasaki, the Americans rebuilt Japan; they call it “the Deming of Japan”. W. Edwards Deming made a significant contribution to Japan’s later reputation for innovative, high-quality products, and for its economic power. He is regarded as having had more impact upon Japanese manufacturing and business than any other individual not of Japanese heritage. The USA rebuilt that economy to #3! Who knows what war damage did the Philippines get, I wonder? I know Old Manila was leveled after Hirohito surrendered!

  20. Thailand If this movie was shown in Thailand some 60 yrs back, people would have burn down the theatre.
    Japanese soldiers were not that popular in many countries in Southeast Asia. Lets by gone be by gone and never let it happen again.

  21. Philippines people are forgiven but they will still face the consequence of their actions. Justice in earth might not be served but heaven will.

  22. Norway Today it seem to be forgotten. USA support Japan against China. Once they transferred the knowledge of torture from Japan together with the torturist. Have we all forgotten Nanjing massacre ? Have we all forgotten why USA used the atomic bomb. It is scaring to see that Japan are again – in conflict against China.

      • Saudi Arabia China is acting and behaving just as Japan was before the WWII. Tibet was annex just like Manchuria was by the Japanese Imperial Army. China is now claiming the whole South China Sea by virtue of its name even when China is far removed from it. History is repeating itself with a reverse role by the same actors. A child who’s been abused will grow to become also an abuser. If there is going to be a WWIII, this will be caused by China’s aggression and conquest.

  23. United States A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.. Forgive and Forget.. Time to move on, we have the world to face.. Peace to all mankind! :) Bong B. Orbon

    • Saudi Arabia That is precisely what is happening in China. Trying to cultivate hatred instead of growing out of it.

  24. Philippines Yes, I do agree with Lomax that hate is a useless battle and it has to end definitely for good. Nothing could be achieved if one is unforgiving while the other is remorseful. Both of them were victims of circumstances. I am very eager to see this movie, “The Railway Man.”

  25. Philippines only humility and forgiveness can appease anger and write off all manner of feud and strife. unforgiveness and revenge only sustain d vicious cycle of hatred and evil work. so heartwarming to see former enemies let go of their bitterness and remorse. great to know lomax died in peace.

  26. Philippines This touching and nerve-shaking true story must be the origin of the scenario about the “tormentor and tormented” who with the passing of time, the former became a priest and the latter, his confessant. Their amazing, unexpepcted and God-ordained reunion happend in the confessional.

    I cited this story when I delivered the talk, “Repentance and Faith” in the Christian Life Program (BCLP) of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professional (BCBP) of Mactan, Mandaue and Consolacion, Cebu Chapters.

  27. Saudi Arabia it’s amazing story….never late to say sorry to anyone while still alive. Don’t wait for the sun to go down until you said so, it can never be appreciated by a dead man.

  28. Malaysia Crux of history. You have to be a Winner! If you are a Loser, you are going to suffer Terribly. It was,it is and it will be whether you and I like it or not!

  29. Singapore In the past, there were physical war with brutal torturing and killing. Today, has evolve into political and phycological war. Ways of suffering evolve and will never end.

  30. United Arab Emirates My mother was just 3 months old when her father left for war against the Japanese in world war 2 and was killed in action. i haven’t heard any hatred from my mother against them, but i now how hard for i child to grow without a father. time will heal and we declare forgiveness.

  31. Indonesia Those railway was from Indonesia especialy from JAVA, The Army Of Japan just took those railway to thailand for their campaign of war against British

  32. Canada I can say cant wait to see this Movie makes you know u can forgive but it will live with you forever never give up!!! That moment u might want to see it to end but it will pass i know!!!

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