28 April-26 May 2014 RAILWAY MAN, SINGAPORE AND THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
In the 21st century, young adults are becoming global citizens, interacting on social media via the internet, and travelling and working in multicultural environments around the planet. Yet, too, they are seeking to understand the tragic and momentous events of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' lives: the World Wars of the 20th century. What were the causes of these conflicts, how did the catastrophes unfold, in what ways have they contributed to nation building, and what crimes against humanity were perpetrated that must be acknowledged, mourned, and forgiven where remorse and respect is now shown? Eric Lomax's autobiography and film The Railway Man, contribute to global awareness of the inexcusable cruelty and inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War by the Japanese, the eventual healing with time and compassion, and the crucial lessons of history.
•The book, the man and the global context
•Significance of Singapore
•Chaos, Changi and Kranji
•Burma Railway and aftermath
•Reconciliation and remembrance