Bonds of Friend­ship

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contents - LOUISE WATERSON Group Ed­i­tor

WHEN WORLD WAR II BROKE OUT IN 1939, it stirred ex­cite­ment and pa­tri­o­tism among many young men. The world wasn’t as eas­ily ex­plored back then, so a ticket to Africa, Europe or the Pa­cific must have seemed ir­re­sistible. In early 1940, Aus­tralian Ernest Brough had just turned 20 when he signed up. ‘The Par­ti­san Prom­ise’ (page 108) delves into the chal­lenges Ern faced dur­ing the war, when he re­lied on the sup­port of his mates to es­cape a Nazi POW camp. It also cap­tures the hard­ship and iso­la­tion Ern felt af­ter re­turn­ing home, with the war’s im­pact re­main­ing with him for many years. His story demon­strates that a war veteran’s jour­ney is a life-long one, with many fac­ing post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter they re­turn home to fa­mil­iar faces and sur­round­ings.

The bonds of friend­ship are also ap­par­ent in ‘The Pris­oner and the Guard’ (page 40). This story looks at how a young aim­less crim­i­nal found pur­pose through sport af­ter a guard recog­nised his abil­i­ties. With time and ef­fort, the young man now lives a life de­voted to sport­ing ex­cel­lence.

I hope you en­joy read­ing this month’s sto­ries as much as we en­joyed putting the se­lec­tion to­gether.

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