1952 Inter-Camp P.O.W. Olympics
The 1952 POW Olympics were held between November 15 and 27, 1952, in Pyoktong, North Korea. The Chinese hoped to gain worldwide publicity and, whilst some prisoners refused to participate, some 500 P.O.W.s of eleven nationalities took part. They were representative of all the prison camps in North Korea and competed in American football, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, soccer, gymnastics, and boxing. For the P.O.W.s this was an opportunity to meet with friends from other camps. P.O.W.s also acted as photographers, announcers and even reporters, who after each day's competition published a 'newspaper', the "Olympic Roundup".
|Overall Result||Team (Teams were arranged by Camp)|
|1st||Camp 5 (Pyoktong, North Korea)|
|2nd||Camp 1 (Changsong, North Korea)|
|3rd||Camp 4 (Pyoktong, North Korea)|
Use in Propaganda
The 1952 Olympics feature frequently in North Korean PSYWAR pamphlets and leaflets distributed to UN soldiers. The 1952 Olympics allowed Communist forces to point to the good conditions available to those who surrendered.
- 1944 Summer Olympics during the Second World War at which Prisoners from Oflag II-C staged a comparable unofficial Olympic games.
- Adams, (2007), p. 62.
- Peace "magazine" (n.2), October 1952
- Propaganda leaflet, 1952
- Adams, Clarence. (2007). AN AMERICAN DREAM: The life of an African American soldier and POW who spent twelve years in communist China. Amherst & Boston. University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-1-5584-9595-1.