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By Dieuwke Wendelaar Bonga

Eldest daughter of 8 young children, the writer grew up in Surakarta, Java, in what's now Indonesia. within the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, even if, Dutch nationals have been rounded up by means of jap squaddies and installed internment camps. Her father and brother have been despatched to split men’s camps, leaving the writer, her mom, and the 5 more youthful young children within the women’s camp. during this and later seven different legal camps in significant Java, their lives progressively deteriorated from early days of worry and crowding to close hunger, compelled exertions, beatings, and seeing others disappear or die. at the family’s go back to Holland after the conflict, they discovered a kingdom recuperating from German profession and principally blind to the horror of the a long way East experience.

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We stuck together and just had to let it come over us. Through all this turmoil the little ones did not even cry. They stayed close to us and with their big blue eyes wide open, they did not understand. Until, all of a sudden, it happened. A big rampokker (robber) ran right into our little group and grabbed one of our largest suitcases out of Emmy's hands and sped off with it into the backyard. Emmy promptly raced after the man, but got stuck in the wash-lines with her backpack. She wriggled Page 32 herself free but was too late, the man got away!

The other staff members were older officers who took action on our messages. The air control service checkpoint was kept in a bunker-type building of solid concrete, buried about three-quarters Page 23 underground. It was strong, in case of air raids, but we thought nothing of it. We had time to chat, play cards, we just had to be there. The first weeks were rather dull. Nothing happened except for the fun we had. We even designed a khaki uniform dress. Mama, with the help of our seamstress, had the dresses ready in no time.

Of course we knew that Mama was expecting again. And when the baby arrived, she was beautiful. Very fair and with big blue eyes. She was number eight for Mama and Papa but to us all she was number one. She had, like little Pete, five mothers, four sisters and Mama, plus a little native nursemaid Sujatih. We doted on the little ones. They took away some of the worry and anxiety of the war in Europe, where Holland also had fallen to the Germans in May of the same year. Page 17 Mama and Papa worried so much about Sietse.

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