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The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean WarThe Untold History$
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Monica Kim

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166223

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166223.001.0001

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Koje Island

Koje Island

A Mutiny, or Revolution

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(p.171) 4 Koje Island
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The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War
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Monica Kim
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691166223.003.0005

This chapter returns to the site of the largest US- and UN-run POW camp during the war to go behind the barbed wire fence to follow the event that squarely placed the POW controversy onto the global media map: the kidnapping of US camp commander Brigadier General Francis Dodd on May 7, 1952, by a group of mostly Korean Communist prisoners of war. The Dodd kidnapping revealed how the Korean War was a conflict that the Geneva Conventions had not anticipate. Questions about sovereignty, diplomacy, and international humanitarian law come to the fore as the chapter places the United Nations Command (UNC) camp on Koje Island in the same frame as the negotiating table at Panmunjom.

Keywords:   prisoners of war, POW camp, kidnapping, Korean Communists, Korean War, Francis Dodd, sovereignty, diplomacy, international humanitarian law, United Nations Command

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