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Resilence Essay

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The stories of ex-former prisoners of war inhumane experiences they faced during their captures are unimaginable. Prisoners of war, from all nations, were subject to daily beatings, slow starvation, dehydration, murder, forced labor, isolation and even medical experimentation. The ones who did survive were returned to their homes; only these veterans were left with a lifelong scar. The devastating effects of POW’s affects family, work, social and all other aspects of their lives. One illustration is of a Holocaust survivor who spoke about the bitterness that remains in himself about Nazi’s treated him and other POW’s, “If you could lick my heart, it would poison you” (Thomas). ...view middle of the document...

In forgiveness, someone who has been harmed lets go of anger and the desire for revenge, and develops a more positive, accepting attitude toward a harm doer. Psychologists have noted that this can lessen the psychological burden of people who have been harmed (McCullough, M.2003). Some social-cognitive researchers noted that “Forgiveness may help lead to victims emotional healing and even physically healing and wholeness” (Thomas).
Some people find it difficult to forgive; the pain is too much for people to bear, where some former POW’s lead lives in self-destruction, with deep-rooted hostility and anger towards the ones who cause them pain are left to endure the aftermath of the damage. What ex-POW’s suffered is few of many will ever discern let alone experience. A POW survivor named Mr. Bocksel, of Wantagh L.I, stated at a conference in 2008 about the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bocksel expressed, "I forgive the Japanese for what they did to me," he said. "My personal religious ethic teaches me that. To me it's like a serious wound I've had that's left an ugly scar." So, when we hear of the few ex- Prisoners of war go from cold-hearted enemies to strong friendships because they chose to forgive and reconcile. People can’t help but wonder what forgiveness is.
A remarkable story about forgiveness told by a World War II Veteran, Second Lieutenant Louis Zamperini, who wrote a book called, “Unbroken; A World War II.Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Zamperini told a story of his vivid and painful recollections, and how he survived after his plane crashed and then spending 47 days on a life raft, when he then was captured by Japanese military and placed in the most brutal Japanese prison camps. There he was under the watch of an infamous and Imperial Japanese Army Sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe; a hostile and potentially one of the cruelest prison guards in World War II. Watanabe was known for torturing and starvation. Somehow Zamperini survived these horrific acts by Watanabe and was set free after the war was over in 1945. “Zamperini was haunted by images of Watanabe beating him. Zamperini was agitated, depressed and unemployed. To soothe his pain he turned to alcohol and was consumed by revengeful thoughts of returning to Japan to murder Watanabe” (Allison, Goethals). It wasn’t until Zamperini and his wife attending a church seminar with speaker named Billy Graham, a Christian pastor who talked about forgiveness. Zamperini then made a life-changing decision and turned his life over to God and chose to forgive his former Japanese captors. When returning to the prisoner of war camp in 1950 to Japan, to express his forgiveness to his former captures, ironically, the same place he had been imprisoned and that now imprisoned the very guards that had tormented him. To their astonishment Louis forgave the guards and even tried to meet with Watanabe to forgive him although Watanabe was never found. “Zamperini’s religious conversion helped...

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