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January 26, 1942

A ripple of tremulous excitement went through the camp when we heard many planes high in the clouds. There followed heavy anti-aircraft firing, and we heard the loud detonation of bombs.

A Japanese guard with bayonet bared came to our room to turn off our lights, while excited men, women, and children in corridors were hustled into their rooms by additional guards.

A ripple of nervous and excited giggles swept our room, and many felt that we’d soon be liberated.

It was a beautiful night. Clear and moonlit. Through the mosquito bars I saw Belle and Toinette praying on their knees.