Never the Same Documentary Showing
Filmmaker Jan Thompson will show her documentary “Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience”. Ms. Thompson’s own father was a prisoner of war and she uses her experience to shed light on a difficult subject. In addition, she brings her narrator, Loretta Swit. Ms. Swit is best known for her iconic portrayal of “Hot Lips Hoolihan” in the M*A*S*H television show.
Never The Same looks at U.S. soldiers who were interned in Japanese concentration camps during World War II. Drawn extensively from first-hand sources (present-day interviews, diaries, and comic strips written inside the camps), this often feels like a personal reminiscence more than a straightforward history lesson, yet it’s still highly informative, recounting in precise detail the Japanese army’s barbarous practices and the prisoners’ day-to-day existence inside the camps. Some of the material feels extraneous—there’s a lengthy section about prisoners writing cookbooks to deal with their hunger—but on the whole, this shares an essential history.
The program is underwritten by the family of Lt. Walter A. Kelso, Jr. Lt. Kelso departed from Galveston Union Station, the current site of the Galveston Railroad Museum, in July 1941 and his remains were returned through the same station in February 1949. Many Galveston servicemen and women left and returned through the present-day site of the Galveston Railroad Museum during WWII.