Tjideng Reunion is set against the backdrop of World War II in the Pacific theater. In 1940 as World War II is raging in Europe, Boudewijn van Oort Sr., a Dutch immigrant living with his wife Wilhelmina and young son Boudewijn Jr. (the author) in South Africa, decides to move his family to the Dutch colony of the Dutch East Indies, today known as the Republic of Indonesia.
Van Oort Sr. made the move wanting to support and strengthen his mother country Holland against Japan, the threatening and belligerent aggressor. Two years after having settled down comfortably on the island of Java, Japan invades the entire Dutch East Indies archipelago. The van Oort family and their friends get caught up in the brutal war of the Pacific.
This story follows the fate of the van Oort family and their friends. They miraculously survive the Japanese prison camps, only to find that after they return to South Africa as refugees, the political landscape has shifted in their absence into a direction van Oort Sr. finds unacceptable. The political and military events that dramatically unfold around the family, change the course of their lives forever.
|Publicatiedatum||10 november 2021|
|Speelduur||23u 20m 18s|
|Formaat||mp3 download en geschikt voor de Luisterrijk app|
Recensies uit de pers
"Amazing story of human determination and survival. This is something that needs to be remembered. The book pays tribute to the many who did not survive and it honors those who did. Thank you Mr Van Oort for sharing your experience. 5.0 out of 5 stars" (Yetti Smith)
"I never dreamed to see Photographs and descriptions of memories of 75 years ago so realisticly written.! Oh, yes, I remember it well. I was in both camps, I came to Holland in April 1946 on the Boschfontein...Fascinating to finally know what happened outside our prisonwalls historically and politically.. The book brings closure to a dark era in my life. It ! !is extremely well documented . Oma is not just telling stories anymore. Thank you Mr van Oort. A must read for the next generation." (Johanna Smith)
"My grandmother, father, uncle and aunt were interned in camp Tjideng. My grandfather, a POW, was put to work at the Birma Railroad. They all survived, barely.....my grandmother was in the 'hospital' at Tjideng, when the war finally ended, in the nick of time for her, because before, camp commander Sone(i) had the sick and dying regularly moved out of the camp hospital to die outside.....it took a year for all the swelling from her hunger edema to go down....don't know how she managed by herself with 3 very young children, after reading this book I'm in even more awe of her.....Thank you Boudewijn van Oort for writing this history. My grandparents and father didn't want to talk about their camp experiences, it came out in bits and pieces, and now it's pieced together." (Santa Clara Fran)