There are more stories out there
What are the chances of two women who were in Japanese concentration camps on the island of Java during WWII meeting for the first time at a mega-church service in Snohomish, WA 65 years later? It happened! Ilse, her new friend, and I spent Thursday afternoon together. Clara is in her mid-eighties and she is just now writing down her story, with the help of a friend.
“But not for publication!” Clara emphasizes. Of course, dear woman: your story is important as a vital piece of history whether it is presented to your own family or to the whole American family. The key thing is to TELL it. Clara’s children and grandchildren will finally know what happened.
I hope Clara will agree to share a little piece of her story by letting her friend go to “Share your stories” on the sidebar, to the right. I hope others will add theirs. Firsthand from survivors, or secondhand from the next generation, let’s work together to end the silence.