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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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ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies

ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies
EPISODES OF WWII: The Dutch cruiser HNLMS JAVA, lost in the Battle of the Java Sea. Photo Derek Simon [1919-2004] courtesy Graeme Andrews. (Photo credit: Kookaburra2011) I have moved into Peet’s coffee, whilst preparing my novel Shadows for professional editing. I believe ABDACOM* would applaud my take-over. My Dutch-American friends, Dutch-Canadian friends, U.S. friends would also all applaud my being here at Peet’s. My Japanese friends today, who include both Japanese-Americans interned in camps in the U.S. and veterans who served the U.S. in WWII (who never had anything to do with...
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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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Post WWII Generations Unique and Similar Missions for Veterans’ Day Weekend

Post WWII Generations Unique and Similar Missions for Veterans’ Day Weekend
“When you sing your song all of nature will join in to bless you in your mission here on earth, to help you with your service here on earth.” – Charley Thweatt, Wave After Wave CD I want to leave a legacy How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough To make a mark on things I want to leave an offering A child of mercy and grace (Nichole Nordeman, I Want to Leave a Legacy)   Each of us is more alike than we are...
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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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