More shared stories
From Josta: When Pearl Harbor was attacked in December, 1941, they also attacked the island of Borneo. At the other end of Borneo lived my mom and three siblings. My father worked for the Dutch Government in Bandjermasin. My mom and the kids had to be evacuated to Java. The youngest was only 6 months old. My father stayed behind and had to give up to the Japanese soldiers all the important things and any money that he was in charge of. He was eventually placed in a prison camp. He came out of it with very little muscle left on his bones. His younger brother had to carry him out. Had my father not survived, I would not be here today.
From Eileen: Oh I am so very happy that you are helping Ilse share her story – in
English! It is the story of thousands from a generation that will be gone
from us far too soon. I’m married into a family where the mother was interned throughout the war
as a child from 4-8 yrs old with her pregnant mother, brother & sister while
her father was sent to build the Bhurma RR.. She speaks of it to me because
otherwised I’d have few outlets in English to know the tales – I’m an
American. Her husband also was born there to an Indo-Dutch mother & Dutch
father – His father and older brother were also on the RR while he and his
mother were left behind.. It is surely an experience that should be shared
before it is too late. Perhaps I will share some of it with you another time if you are interested.
We have also toyed with trying to publish the story in English for the
family & for other Americans. They were dismayed that I had never heard of
any of this in my education here in the States. Bless you, Ilsa & her