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50 Years of Silence (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 12. März 2012

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Jan Ruff-O'Herne's idyllic childhood in Dutch colonial Indonesia ended when the Japanese invaded Java in 1942. She was interned in Ambarawa Prison Camp along with her mother and two younger sisters. In February 1944, when Jan was just 21 years old, she was taken from the camp and forced into sexual slavery in a military brothel. Jan was repeatedly beaten and raped for a period of three months, after which she was returned to prison camp with threats that her family would be killed if she revealed the truth about the atrocities inflicted upon her. For fifty years, Jan told no one what had happened to her, but in 1992, after seeing Korean war rape victims making appeals for justice on television, she decided to speak out and support them. Before she could testify publicly, though, she had to find a way to tell her family and friends about all she had suffered. Jan's survival is a tribute to her inner strength and deep faith. For the past 15 years, she has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of women in war and armed conflict. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.


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Although it's written as a report of facts you can read it like a great poem. Although only a small and special (and special terrible) segment of WWII-History (seen from 'bottom-up'-view), it's a song about the darkness, the terror, but also the lights of the human existence generally. One of the most important books of my life (I'm 73).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tear moving account of barbarism and survival 27. Mai 2011
Von Christopher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
It is some years now since I read the first edition of this book and I had fogeotten the effect it had on me at the time. Recently I re-read some extracts and was once again moved to tears. This is a very powerful and emotional book.It describes the author's early years growing up in Java in an idyllic environment with a loving and supportive family. All this changed when the barbarians of the Japanese Imperial Army came to town. Is the word 'barbaric' too strong? Let me refer you to the better known book The Rape of Nanking which can also be purchased on this web site. When the JIA were on the Chinese leg of their Asian tour in Nanking they committed atrocities such as mass rape, the butchering of the general population which included competitions among the JIA officers to see who could decapitate the most people the quickest while the ordinary soldiers stood around grinning, burying people alive and so on. I shan't go on or I might puke.

So imagine the situation in Java. Here we have the lovely 17 year old Jan Ruff who who wants to become nun. In come the uniformed scum. She and her family are thrown into a concentration camp and starved. Then one day, the prettiest young Dutch girls are rounded up and put in a special prison where they are raped repeatedly by Japanese officiers. Jan is one of them. Her book is an account of all of this and how she managed to keep her sanity and come out the other side and survive to be a teacher and a mother and wife. Her Cathoilc faith helped her tremendously in getting through the ordeal.

The disgusting treatment that the `comfort women' received at the hands of the Japanese military was kept quiet for over thirty years after the war. When the first women began to testify to their ordeals the picture began to emerge of an officially organised system of rape by the Imperial Japanese Forces. It involved over 100,000 girls many just teenagers, and an estimated 80% of these were Korean. Initially the Japanese government denied any knowledge of the `comfort women'. This expression is itself a dirty politcially correct expression which is a cover for the real role of these women which was sex slaves. Jan nails the lie and Jan together with the heroic Korean women broke the silence on this tragic story. Highly recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful and moving, "Silence" speaks eloquently. 20. April 2000
Von Lisa-Ann Oliver - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I was originally loaned this book, but once I read it, I wanted a copy for myself. I found it to be an incredibly moving story of one woman's experiences in World War II, and a story of how faith and family can help transcend the horrors and brutality of wartime. It sheds light on a seldom mentioned, but horrific element, of the Japanese prison camps in WW2.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My fathers' first wife perished in one of the camps along with my half sister. 28. August 2013
Von Peggymh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very well written. Never knew what went on in these internment camps. My dad would tell me about some of the experiences that he went through being interned himself by the Japanese. He was in the Dutch army at that time. His first wife, perished in one of the camps along with a very young daughter. My half sister.
It's true that the women did not want to talk about that time in their lives. It was a very depressing, sad time.
I recommend this book for everyone, especially those who had family members that went through this awful period in their lives. Very painful to even remember, let alone to talk about it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very moving 22. August 2010
Von Red - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This has been one of the most moving books I have ever read. To think that humans can treat other humans as the Japanese soldiers treated their prisoners. I was reading this book in the train and found that I had to hide my tears and emotions from the other train travellers - I'm a 58 year old male.
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Von patrick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
50 years of SILENCE
By Jan Ruff O'Hearne

"The long idyllic summer of Jan Ruff-O'Herne's childhood in Dutch colonial Indonesia ended in 1942 with the Japanese invasion of Java. She was interned in Ambarawa Prison Camp, along with her mother and two younger sisters. In February 1944, when Jan was 21, her life was torn apart. Along with nine other young women, all of them virgins, she was plucked from the camp and her family, and enslaved into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Her searing account of her time in "the House of the Seven Seas" the Japanese Officers club and brothel in Semarang , uncovers one of the worst human-rights abuses to come out of thr war-abuse that affected thousands of young women who were forcibly removed from their families to provide sexual services as 'comfort women' for the Japanese army between 1929 and 1945

'50 years of silence' is Jan's story.
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