- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic - GB (1 November 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781426303210
- ISBN-13: 978-1426303210
- ASIN: 1426303211
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.4 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II Hardcover – 1 Nov 2008
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I highly recommend reading this and the numerous other books that have been written on the topic of the Japanese internment of innocent civilians.
The way the Dutch were treated by the Japanese guards followed very closely on treatment handed out to Allied POWs. There was totally inadequate diet, inappropriate accommodation, almost no medical facilities, punishment for those who did not learn the Japanese language, and totally inadequate latrine facilities.
About all the concession given to the Dutch prisoners, compared with Allied POWs, was the Japanese did not require the Dutch to build a railway.
But, perhaps worse than the treatment of POWs, the Dutch would have no home to go to after repatriation. After the 1945 armistice, Indonesians opposed any of the Dutch returning to their way of life before the Japanese invasion. The ex-prisoners suffered many of the traumas of ex-POWs.
I am wondering if there would be interest about my story being published. I would have to flesh it out somewhat because I wrote it in the form of a time line event story without much of the personal aspects/