Lest We Forget is a personal recollection of World
War II from the unique perspective of Columbus, Indiana resident
Gustav Potthoff, a survivor of the Japanese slave labor camp responsible
for the building of the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai.
The now infamous bridge was built by prisoners of war to cross
the river as part of what became known as the Thai-Burma “Death
Railway.” More than 100,000 POWs would ultimately lose
their lives building the railway under horrific conditions.
Many of them were buried where they fell.
Potthoff kept most of those nightmarish experiences to himself,
until he retired from his job in Columbus. As an outlet, he
used art to convey his memories as a POW. He now has made several
journeys back to Thailand to visit the site of the POW camp,
and has become an important exponent for remembering the atrocities
that occurred there.
Lest We Forget is made possible by the generous support of:
The Walter and Elizabeth Nugent Foundation
The Lynne M. Maguire Family
Dennis and Francis McCarty
Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, Incorporated
The Indiana Air Force Association
Aerospace Education Foundation, Incorporated
Additional support was made possible through numerous donations, big and small, from members of the Columbus, Indiana community, who embraced the idea of this story being told.