Japanese Concentration camp survivor | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Look backward before Liberation 5/5/45

Look backward before Liberation 5/5/45
  Have you ever looked back on tragedy prior to your own or others’ liberation? Have you ever celebrated liberation while remembering the loss and pain of before? In The Netherlands (Holland) the end of World War II is celebrated every May 4th and 5th as the Remembrance and Liberation days. May 4, is Remembrance Day, a solemn day to remember the many civilians and soldiers who lost their lives. May 5 is Liberation Day, a day to celebrate the freedom which was so slow to come after six years of Nazi occupation. Parades re-enact liberation by Canadian, American and British troops. Looking...
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In Darkness, movie director Agnieszka Holland addresses the Banality of Evil

In Darkness, movie director Agnieszka Holland addresses the Banality of Evil
If you could have any faith at all,  after what you had been through… then I could have faith too. words to my Dad How have you struggled with faith? Have you ever considered that such struggles could express a great deal of faith, rather than lack of faith?   The tragic concept of “The Banality of Evil” struck me as I read Christianity Today‘s interview with Agnieszka Holland, director of the amazing foreign film In Darkness.  In Darkness focuses on WWII, the Holocaust, and  Leopold Socha, a Polish sewer worker and petty thief who finds Jewish people hiding in the...
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The Remains of War, recommended to you

The Remains of War, recommended to you
The Remains of War G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers’s memoir-novel describes the real-life events she survived as a child imprisoned in as series of Japanese concentration camps during World War II.  All names are changed, yet these are true to life memories and events. Sofia, the young protagonist  experienced and bore witness to the deaths,  starvation, brutality and devastation  in the women and children’s concentration camps on Sumatra (Dutch East Indies/Indonesia). I will be ordering this memoir, which is slightly fictionalized. Sometims this category is called fictional memoir, sometimes...
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Back from the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Changi Prison, Singapore

Back from the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Changi Prison, Singapore
Liberations occurred while suffering. Liberations in war  and its aftermath is suffering, liberation, suffering, liberation. A liberation occurred early in the imprisonment experience of Private Glenleigh Bertie William Skewes during World War II at Changi Prison/Singapore. Designed for 600 men, it came to hold up to 50,000. This is Skewes’ reflection of a small liberation during suffering. He wrote this before more experiences with skin ulcers, diphtheria and starvation. He survived to tell us. Back from the Valley of the Shadow of Death “Well at last we were put in Sclerang Barracks. We...
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Thousand Yard Stare, Thousand Days to Heal

Thousand Yard Stare, Thousand Days to Heal
The thousand yard stare, in combat The hand to hand fight, in combat The day to day fear in combat Papa, Mama, daughter, civilians in combat The enemy in Nederland (Holland),  bursts in searching  for Papa Do not let your eyes to Papa’s hiding place Stare straight ahead — /Thousand yard stare The enemy in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) Bow low. Now. Or be struck lower still. Some never get up again. Family imprisoned one by one, First Papa. Next Mama and Children. Then all boys shipped and marched to other concentration camps Alone. Papa (my grandfather) never came back. Terror?...
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