Museum exhibit /Portrait of Masao Matsuda, 1984. Photograph.
Portrait of Masao Matsuda (1915-later than 1984), a former Japanese prisoner-of-war, taken in Japan in 1984. The photograph was sent with a letter to SS. Korobchenko, a doctor in the municipal hospital of Anzhero-Sudzhensk. In the letter M. Matsuda expresses his gratitude to the doctor for saving his life. In the period December, 1945 to June, 1946, when Matsuda was in the Anzhero-Sudzhensk prisoner-of-war camp, Doctor Korobchenko successfully treated him for acute pneumonia. The photograph is kept in the Anzhero-Sudzhensk Municipal Local History Museum. 
 
 
 
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
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Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
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Thematic indexMemory
 
Date and place of creation1984, Japan.
 
MaterialsPhotographic paper
 
Description of exhibitA coloured picture of a man on a background of a light blue corrugated fence. He is in a dark-brown warm cap and a dark-blue overcoat with a turn-down collar. Behind the fence can be seen one- and two-storey cottage-type(?) houses and also a dwarf pine-tree. The branches of the pine-tree and the horizontal sections of the buildings are covered in snow.
 
State of preservationUndamaged.
 
Detailed annotationA photograph of Masao Matsuda (1915 – after 1984), a former Japanese prisoner-of-war and prisoner in the Anzher prisoner-of-war Camp (section 11 of the OPVI [(Otdel po delam voennoplennyx i internirovannykh – the Section for Prisoner-of-war and Internees affairs) of the NKVD. The photo was taken in Japan in 1984. M. Matsuda sent it with a letter dated 01.08.1984 to S.S. Korobchenko, a doctor in the Anzhero-Sudzhensk municipal hospital. She had successfully treated him for acute pneumonia in December, 1945. In the letter he thanks her for saving his life.
In addition, Matsuda included another photograph, taken in 1945. In the period 1944-1949 there were two sections of camp No.503 for foreign prisoners-of-war, run by the OPVI UNKVD-UMVD [the Section for Prisoner-of-War and Internees of the Administration of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs – the Administration of the Ministry for Internal Affairs] on the territory of Anzhero-Sudzhensk. These sections were No.9 and No.11 (one is the northern part of the town, the other in the southern part of the Andreevskii-2 village). In December 1945, Japanese prisoners-of-war started to arrive and were billeted in barracks on Prokopievskii Street. The POWs worked mainly in the mines. One brigade was involved in the repair of the railway-line from the “Fizkul’turnik”mine to the station; another brigade built barracks along Kol’chugin Street.
The letter and the photographs of M.Matsuda were given to the Anzhero-Sudzhensk Municipal Local History Museum.
 
PersonsKorobchenko S.S.
 
PersonsMatsuda Masao, pictured
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Portrait of Masao Matsuda, 1984. Photograph.