On October 10, 2015, Evelyn Lenton spoke about being a girl in Japanese-occupied Manila in the Philippines during WWII. The scarcity of food and other comforts of daily life through rationing were known to Americans and other Allied nations, but it was much worse in the Axis countries as the end of the war approached the end. Humanitarian supplies to civilians are always choked off by victorious forces to weaken the military and civilian defense industry. We now know the story of young Sascha Weinzheimer, who American family ran a sugar plantation, but who spent the war in Japanese captivity at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
See also Though she seldom discussed it, war was real for Evelyn Lenton. (Tom Griffith, Rapid City Journal front page headline, 10-10-15)
Message following talk: "Having been also interned by the Japanese in Burma during WW II, I was eagerly looking forward to Evelyn Lenton's speech, who had been similarly interned in the Phillipines. My family were British subjects (by birth and descent) and I assume Ms Lenton was an American subject, both countries being in a state of war with Japan. I have a childhood friend now living in Perth, who married an indigenous Indonesian after the war was over. She also was a Dutch colonial during the Japanese occupation of that country." Bill Scanlon, Rapid City