Linda Goetz Holmes (SHS 1951)


In the 1951 Bandersnatch, the class of 1951 pronounced Linda Goetz, the wittiest in her class and beneath her senior photo was the phrase “Lady of the Press.” Holmes continued her interest in writing while attending Wellesley College and later working for CBS Television.

Linda Goetz Holmes, SHS ’51, has been interviewing, writing and publishing work about World War II prisoners in the Pacific for the past 30 years. She was the first Pacific War historian appointed to the U.S. Government Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working group (IWG), under the aegis of the National Archives, tasked with locating and declassifying material about World War II crimes. The IWG presented its final report to Congress in April 2007.

Her 1994 book, 4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home, about Allied prisoners of war forced to build infamous Burma Railway during World War II, was selected for inclusion in the John E. Taylor Collection of Military History and Intelligence and the National Archives in College Park MD. It was re-issued in a new, updated soft cover edition in September 2007 by brick Tower Press in New York.

Her 2001 book, Unjust Enrichment, naming the Japanese companies which used our prisoners of war for slave labor, was published in a new, updated edition in Spring 2008.