'Some time the hating has to stop': A tortured war hero, his Japanese tormentor, and the redeeming power of forgiveness.
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Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see
ever again. Britain
He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police. Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.
Called The Railway Man, it swiftly became a bestseller and won a cluster of literary awards. Indeed, so remarkable is the memoir that it is about to come to the big screen – with Mr Lomax played by Oscar winner Colin Firth, no less –and with Nicole Kidman as his wife.
Sadly, Mr Lomax will not see the film. In the early hours of last Monday morning, he died at his home in Berwick-on-Tweed at the age of 93. He leaves a widow and daughter.
|Eric's wife Patti (left) encouraged her husband to get in touch with his erstwhile torturer|