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Mily and enslaved into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial ArmyHer searing account of her time in 'The House of the Seven Seas' the Japanese Officers' Club and brother in Semarang uncovers one of the worst human rights abuses to come out of the war abuse that affected thousands of young women who were forcibly removed from their families to provide sexual services a. I had thought early on that this would be a four star memoir at best As I read on I became astounded at the strength and courage of this former comfort woman To be able to keep such strong faith whilst going through something so traumatic and be able to still comfort others at the same time is something I ll never fully comprehend Jan kept her terrible secret for fifty years and only to help others did she come forward Jan Ruff O Herne is extraordinary

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50 Years of Silence

S 'comfort women' for the Japanese army between 1929 and 1945 50 Years of Silence is Jan's story As the first European 'comfort woman' to speak out it is a story of tremendous courage that unfolds with the deeper meaning of a fableShining over all is the radiance of Jan Ruff O'Herne's faith and love illuminating one of the darkest and best kept secrets of World War II. This is an inspiring narrative skillfully told of the life of this courageous woman Her happy childhood and strong faith based upbringing is what gave her the strength to survive the horrors endured during the 3 12 years of Japanese occupation in her homeland of Indonesia By far the worst time was the 3 months of being forced into sexual slavery for the use of the Japanese soldiersClinging to God s faithfulness in spite of her situation is what sustained not only Jan herself but her companions and her immediate family as well The reader realizes the full impact of what was endured without every explicit detail being spelled out The prisoner of war camps themselves were bad enough to endure this additional torture went beyond that so much so that it wasn t talked about for decades We read of tremendous victories and yes God s grace and deliverance The author went on tohave a rewarding and fulfilling life She saw all of her immediate family members survive the warShe had a happy marriage and children Jan never doubted God s love and faithfulness in the midst of so much evilIn time she finally went public with her story of those terrible months in a comfort house as did other women The results brought healing closure forgiveness and world recognition of this torture for what it really isBut sadly their hopes of eradicating this evil is not so at this point other women are enduring what they did Evil lives on but faith and belief in God s grace and power until the end of this age is still what heals and overcomes

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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 sistersIn 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 fa. The mass rape as a tool of war has been used throughout history to break a nation s spirit But the Japanese treatment of women in all the countries they ve conuered during WWII was self serving as they placed thousands of captured women in Comfort Stations to satisfy the sexual needs of its armyAround the Pacific Rim the enslaved women were Asian and over the decades that have passed the voices of the survivors outrage and pain were often lost At the 1995 International Women s Conference in Beijing I listened to the haunting testimony of a Filipina who decried the governments refusal to recognize both the victimhood of the women who had lived many committed suicide and others died of disease and the lifelong conseuences eg in the patriarchal societies to which they return they often could not marry which subject them to a life of near starvation and dependency on the kindness of relatives who often shunned them because these women brought shameThat is where Jan Ruff O Hearne s story carries a particular weight A Caucasian she grew up as the daughter of missionaries in Dutch colonial Indonesia At age 21 when the Japanese invaded Java she was imprisoned along with hundreds of other Dutch women Except that she along with several others was also selected to be sent to a comfort station For months the young Christian woman who had prepared to become a nun was raped repeatedly every day by Japanese soldiersFifty years later now widowed and living in Holland Jan had kept this trauma secret from her family her entire life Her late husband knew but they never discuss it in detail Encouraged by the testimony of Asian women who came forward to demand recognition and apology from the Japanese who still withhold it and claim that all those accounts are false she understood that she must help their case get heard by telling her storyThe memoir is written in a straight forward language the drama is woven in the subtext not the words It is an important document as Jan s activism that followed the publication of this book to bring to the world s attention this horrific chapter in human history


10 thoughts on “50 Years of Silence

  1. says:

    Jan was the first European 'comfort woman' to come forward with her story of being forcibly raped in a brothel set up for Japanese officers Before the war she had purposed in her mind to become a Catholic nun She tells her story with a gentle touch and yet reveals the terrible toll they all paid as POWs during W

  2. says:

    Jan Ruff O'Herne lived an idyllic childhood in Indonesia until the Japanese invaded during World War 2 She was imprisoned in horrific conditions with her mother and sisters in a prisoner of war camp just for being Dutch From there she was taken to a brothel for Japanese soldiers and was repeatedly raped Throughout her whole ordeal she kept he

  3. says:

    The mass rape as a to

  4. says:

    This is a very moving memoir of a young woman who along with her family was sent to a prison camp when the Japanese army invaded Indonesia Along with nine other young women she was sent to live and work in a brothel where she was abused and raped repeatedlyI had a hard time reading parts of this book it was so heart breaking This woman and many like her suffered so much at the hands of the Japanese army But her faith sustained her

  5. says:

    I had thought early on that this would be a four star memoir at best As I read on I became astounded at the strength and courage of this former

  6. says:

    I was interested in this topic after reading A Pledge of Silence By Flora J Solomon I had heard of this book but hadn’t seen any reviews or didn’t even know it’s name I had to go digging looking for it As a

  7. says:

    This is an inspiring narrative skillfully told of the life of this courageous woman Her happy childhood and strong faith based upbringing is what gave her the strength to survive the horrors endured during the 3 12 years of Japanese occupation in her homeland of Indonesia By far the worst time was the 3 months of being forced into sexual slav

  8. says:

    A lesson to my lack of knowledgeThis was a good book Opened my eyes to the unknown secrecy of war The abuses of not only the pow men but what the women went through as well The strengths of women and their strength in the power of prayer A very strong generation of men and women

  9. says:

    A simple yet horrifying account on one person's story of being a comfort woman during the war It is sad to read but thank you for sharing your story

  10. says:

    There are no words that I can string together to write a review that would adeuately express the facet of emotions I went through while readin

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