On Paths of Ash
is an extraordinary Australian World War II story. Robert and Jack Holman were working-class brothers who found themselves in three of the most horrific experiences of the war. They were interned in Changi prisoner-of-war camp, from where they became prison labourers on the infamous Burma Railway. From there they went as slaves to the coalmines of Japan, close enough to Nagasaki to see the mushroom cloud when the atomic bomb was dropped.
This is Robert Holman's memoir, telling the story of a sensitive boy who grew up and went to war and lived through some of the most terrible experiences it had to offer.