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Natalie Stark Crouter's diary, ca. 1941–1945

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, where the Crouter family was living, Natalie Stark Crouter (1898–1985), her husband, and their two children were interned at Camp Holmes in Baguio as prisoners of war. On small, scarce sheets of paper, she began a diary—an act punishable by death—and hid the pages in the camp food supply. In this photograph, taken shortly after the Crouters’ liberation, in February 1945, one can see the toll imprisonment took on the family. 
Stark Family Papers

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Heather Min