by Doug Casey, International Man:
Here in Hanoi resides a large building that, although quite significant historically, has faded into relative obscurity.
And yet, it has a tale to tell.
It is most famous in the West as the “Hanoi Hilton,” the name given to it by American POWs between 1964 and 1973 during America’s war with Vietnam. US Congressman John McCain was famously held here after his plane was shot down, as were many other US pilots.
When the prison was built by the French in 1896, during their occupation of Hanoi, it was named the “Maison Centrale.” They used it initially to incarcerate Vietnamese insurrectionists from the Cần Vương movement.