LONDON (AP) – Eric Lomax, a former British prisoner of war whose moving tale of wartime torture and forgiveness is being turned into film, has died. He was 93.
Lomax’s publisher Vintage Books said Tuesday that Lomax died early Monday in Berwick-upon-Tweed in northern England.
Lomax was a British army officer when he was captured by Japanese forces as they overran Singapore in 1942. Lomax endured horrific conditions as he and thousands of others were put to work building the infamous Burma to Siam railroad.
Lomax endured years of suppressed rage at the torture he suffered at the hands of his Japanese captors, but when he tracked his interrogator down, it set the stage for a dramatic act of forgiveness which formed the heart of his celebrated 1996 memoir, “The Railway Man.”
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