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Rising from the shadow of the Sun : A Story of Love, Survival and Joy by...
by Ronny Herman de Jong
Release Date: 03/15/11
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 372
Publisher: Booklocker Publishing
Format ISBN Price
Print 9781607107536 17.06
E-Book 9781614341208 9.99
Author Page: Ronny Herman de Jong
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Rising from the Shadow of the Sun, A Story of Love, Survival and Joy brings the horror and losses of World War II into the world of Ronny Herman, who is barely three years old in 1942 when the Japanese conquer Java and force her family into prison camps. Ronny’s father Fokko, a pilot with the Dutch Naval Air Force, escapes with his squadron. Working under British command in Sri Lanka, Fokko’s story is chronicled along the same timeline as that of his wife and children.  

In her diary, smuggled through the camps at the risk of being killed had it been detected, Ronny’s mother Netty gives an accurate account of the Japanese invasion and the lives of women and children incarcerated under the brutal regime of the Japanese. She describes the years of physical and psychological suffering, but also the hope, faith, solidarity and resilience that remain alive among the imprisoned women.

In Part Two of the book Ronny takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of her life as it evolves from Indonesia to the Netherlands, where she earns a B.A. in English Literature from Leiden University, to the Big Island of Hawai’i, where she publishes her first book In the Shadow of the Sun. Published in Canada, this is one of the first accounts in the English language in North America about the Japanese concentration camps for women and children during World War Two in Southeast Asia.

Part of the in the year 2000 declassified NARA Files, Japanese War Crimes Files that indicate the Japanese plans to exterminate all Prisoners Of War are included in the final chapters of this, Ronny’s second book.

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