American children and other civilians held at Santo Tomas Internment Camp by Japanese forces for over three years are photographed having a meal following their liberation by U.S. troops. Santo Tomas Internment Camp was the largest of several camps in the Philippines in which the Japanese interned civilians from foreign nations. The campus of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila was utilized for the camp after the Japanese invaded and occupied the Philippines. The camp housed more than 4,000 internees from January 1942 until February 1945 and included individuals from the Philippines, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, China and Burma. The internees were diverse group of people: expatriates, business executives, mining engineers, bankers, plantation owners, seamen, shoemakers, teachers, waiters, beachcombers, prostitutes, missionaries, and others. Conditions in the camp worsened over the years it was in operation; from January 1942 until March 1945, 390 total deaths were recorded in Santo Tomas. Food at the camps became extremely inadequate, weight loss, weakness, edema, paresthesia and beriberi were experienced by most adults. By 1944, internees began resorting to eating insects and wild plants. The camp was liberated on 4 February 1945. Manila, Luzon, Philippines. February 1945.