Natalie Stark Crouter internment diary and photo

Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, where the Crouter family was living, Natalie 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

Natalie Stark Crouter internment diary and photo