Open Door

Open Door
Open the Door I grew up with words like this, “It’s too terrible to tell you,  it’s too much. I do not hate the Japanese; they were cruel to each other too.” Those words came from my father, every time I asked him what it was like to survive WWII in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He never told me. Every survivor of WWII has differences in how they survive and thrive… After. For my father it was never to talk about 1942 -1945,  except occasionally to cousins who also survived, or to a combat-survivor soldier. My father’s “combat” survival was in Japanese...
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Is there more?

Is there more?
Always afraid, always needed to talk, but didn’t. The recoil from pain is instinctual. For a long, long time survivors do not wish to talk about the past. The need to be heard, is why I can still find so many stories of World War II survivors who share, who still need to share. Sharing is therapy. Sharing is walking through times of deep loneliness, and knowing that talking creates an as-if. It is an as-if your friend’s love was there all along. And if a friend can love so much, the possibility that maybe God was there after all too. In my family my mother recalls my father’s nightmares...
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Whose sacrifice mirrors God for you?

Whose sacrifice mirrors God for you?
Here is how Ben Skardon remembered Henry Leitner and Otis Morgan Who mirrored God for you? WWII veteran, Colonel Ben Skardon wants us to remember two names: Henry Leitner and Otis Morgan. They mirrored God for him by saving his life, over and over again.   Ben Skardon, a son of an Episcopalian minister, seemed to never have lost his faith, and perhaps his pastor-father’s teachings,  his two friends’ faithfulness, and crediting God,  had a lot to do with that. After surviving the Bataan Death March, which started April 10 1942. Prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, and were...
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Survival, Loyalty and Faith Endures: Bataan Death March Survivor.

Survival, Loyalty and Faith Endures: Bataan Death March Survivor.
As recently as 5 years ago, then 94-year-old Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon walked a portion of the march, with friends and family called “Ben’s Squadron.” In his 2012 speech Ben described, the turning point of incarceration in POW camps, when dear friends Otis Morgan and Henry Leitner saved his life. He had already survived a journey in two bombed “Hell Ships,” arriving as among the only one out of four who survived. His three words for us are: survival, loyalty and faith. Survival, the word that honors the most horrible of ordeals. When people help each other...
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A Compassionate World After WWII?

A Compassionate World After WWII?
Security Without Damage or Panic? “We need to reflect on this. How can we, as Americans, assure our security without panicking and without damaging the rights of others?”   Researcher Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a professor in the department of Asian American Studies at UCLA As the author of an upcoming WWII historical Novel, Following Shadows,  I invite your comments. Over 120,000 Japanese Americans lost their homes, land and possessions and were sent to Interment Camps for the duration of WWII. Due to worry over security (much like our world today) and after severe attack–Pearl Harbor (in our...
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Your Spiritual Ticket for WWII

Your Spiritual Ticket for WWII
A Spiritual Ticket for the tearing turmoil of World War II, or our lives today would be well, just the ticket.   (photo/graphics credit pathos.com) Corrie ten Boom of the Netherlands/Nederland, April 15, 1892 to April 15, 1983, wrote the book, which also became a movie, The Hiding Place about her experiences hiding Jewish onderduikers during World War II. Like all civilians in the path of war, she had wondered how they would survive if the three were betrayed to the Nazis. She couldn’t fathom braving torture, prison or a concentration camp. Who could? Corrie had already braved becoming the first...
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