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Perils and Pearls: In World War II, a Family's Story of Survival and Freedom from Japanese Jungle Prison Camps

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In World War II much of Asia fell under Japanese control after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

All non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific.

This is the story of a Dutch family, resident in the Dutch East Indies, that fell victim to the Japanese occupation and was interned in jungle camps
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 18th 2019 by BristleCone Press
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Deacon Tom  Frankenfield
Great family story.
Faris Abdala
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a fresh insight on the history of the Indonesian archipelago during World War 2.

The first part talks about the author's family. It was interesting to see how some of the Dutch, born and raised in Indonesia, also consider Indonesia to be their home and have difficulty adjusting to life at the Netherlands. I never considered this point of view before. Being an Indonesian living abroad, I sympathize with how they felt. No matter how much better the foreign country is, it is still
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Dalene W.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and well researched book

I decided to read this book because a lady in my neighborhood was a nurse missionary to China prior to and after the Japanese invaded China. She was also imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Japanese. She passed away when I was very young and Ive always wanted to know what she must have endued while in captivity. This book is very well written.
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Stan Waters
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honest Account of Dutch Family Saga following capture by the Japanese in WWII.

I enjoyed this story immensely. It covered just enough specifics to be informative without getting bogged down in the details. Told from a child's perspective, it gave true insight to a young family's experiences at the hands of their Japanese captors in the Islands of Indonesia during WWII.
Sharon Jones
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical eye openet

This book was filled with so much historical information before the war thus giving me a new look at the world of the Netherlands. The subsequent story of this families' experience during and after the war is something people should not forget. They were a tight knit family with perseverance and fortitude. We did not have to be regaled with detailed horror to realize the great suffering g these people incurred under their captors. I find it sad Thatcher Empire of Japan has
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Gay Deputee
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting tale

Reading this book was a rare step away from my preferred genre of fantasy/science fiction. However, once I started reading I didnt stop until I read the entire book. Very well written account, a subject I was only nominally aware of. Thank you for sharing your story.
CG
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The other side of the story

There are many books about the Holocaust and Japanese P.O.W.'s, and rightfully so. This is the first one I've seen that talks in detail about what civilian prisoners endured. The author laid the history of not only her family's trials but also a partial history of Indonesia. It was an enlightening book about the strength of family.
Cindelu
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story

This a well written book about a fascinating subject. Many of us were unaware of the atrocities revealed in this book. It is a lesson in war and humankind . The strength and courage of all involved was amazing.
W JACK MARTIN
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realistic information as to forgotten or little known facts regarding the treatment received by prisoners of the Japanese Military.
Robert Brown
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful

What a history lesson! I did not know the Japanese were that far down the Pacific Rim. What a story, to be caught between the Japanese and the Germans,
Mary Kaye Carruth
Powerful story!

Well written story about internment and survival in the Dutch East Indies. Very enlightening information that has been sadly overlooked in history.
Dayle
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hulda BachmanNeeb was born in Indonesia of colonial Dutch parentage two years before the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Because much of Asia fell under Japanese control, all non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific.

As a member of the Dutch Foreign Service in her adult life, Hulda held assignments in twenty-five countries
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