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Archives on the Air 257: War Correspondent – Russell Brines papers

Russell Brines was an Associated Press foreign correspondent assigned to the Philippines. He was in Manila in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Then, when Japan invaded Manila, he stayed on to report on the withdrawal of the American troops.

His decision to remain in the Philippines cost him his freedom. He was captured by the Japanese, along with his wife and twelve-year old daughter. They were interned in Santo Tomas, just outside Manila. While imprisoned by the Japanese he created a newspaper, the Internews. It was printed on paper taken secretly from the Japanese commandant’s office.

After his internment, he was repatriated in a prisoner exchange back to the United States. But he wasn’t content to report from home. He returned to the Philippines to report on the liberation of Manila and the Santo Tomas camp.

Read the Internews at UW’s American Heritage Center to get a first-hand account of life in the Santo Tomas internment camp during World War II.