金瓜石戰俘營 Taiwan POW Memorial and Peace Park
The International Armistice Peace Memorial Park used to be the site of a Japanese POW camp from 1942 to 1945. Up to 1,000 WWII prisoners of war were imprisoned there at one time; they came from various Allied nations, such as Great Britain, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Most of the prisoners were subjected to various mining work; many of them died during their time here due the poor condition of the mines, lack of medicine and the general harsh treatment by the Japanese Army.After the Taiwan P.O.W. Memorial Society showcased the documentary A War Story in 1997, many interested individuals were led by former POW Jack Edwards to visit the camp in Jinguashi. Soon the Memorial Society actively pushed for the development of a memorial monument at Tongshanli Community Park, the current site of the old Jinguashi camp so many Allied troops were imprisoned in. On November 23rd, 1997, a memorial ceremony was held at the site in honor of the lives lost during the war.November 14th marks the date when the first group of POWs from Great Britain entered the POW Camp at Jinguashi, and the Taiwan P.O.W. Memorial Society decided to honor these soldiers by holding memorial ceremonies in Jinguashi every November. All that remains at the memorial site now are the gate columns of the original camp and a tiny piece of what used to be its outer wall.