- Audio CD
- Verlag: Bolinda Publishing; Auflage: Library. (12. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1743191588
- ISBN-13: 978-1743191583
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,1 x 2,5 x 16,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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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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.
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.
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.