faith meaning and World War II | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Paratrooper “Angels” of WWII

Paratrooper “Angels” of WWII
 ‘Oh, my God. Look, the angels are coming.’ Here is an article about the life of 95 year old Henry “Cowboy” Kusmierczykhey and his recollection of participating in the liberation of a brutal Japanese Concentration Camp in the Philippines. The detail in this article, his recollections bring meaning to my life today. “Cowboy” and other Army Paratroopers succeeded in freeing more than 2,100 civilians and military personnel from the camp, known as Los Banos. The sight of paratroopers floating down to earth, Kusmierczyk said, prompted some of the prisoners to describe...
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Trauma and Truth

Trauma and Truth
When trauma does occur… We are living in times of racism, skewed values, and careless words. All can lead to war, and do lead to violence, in our country, right in the daily  news. All past presidents would have used their national platform to bring peace and reconciliation within our nation. So when trauma does occur… (Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical–American Psychological Association) we experience the following ways in which the experience of trauma confuses...
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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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