The Eyes of War by Martin Roemers

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Alf Lockhart (b. UK, 1918), blinded veteran from the Second World War (WWII). "I was still but a shadow of myself and lived in a world of mist. As a prisoner of war I was forced to do hard labour at the Burma railway. Many people died of dysentery, malaria and malnourishment. I became blind due to vitamin deficiency. When the Japanese capitulated, the British took charge of the camp. This was our British camp commander's first order: "All British personnel below the rank of sergeant have to report at 6:30am for physical training. Only leg amputees are excused." We were exhausted from three years of hard labour and the only thing that our officers could think of was physical exercise. After the war, I took up my old job as a cabinet maker. My eyes never healed. I don't see anything in the middle, only a little bit on the sides. If I look at someone I see only his chin, hair and ears." .. CHECK with MRM/FNA