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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 conquered during WWII wasself serving as they placed thousands of captured women in Comfort Stations to satisfy the sexual needs of its army.Around 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 Conf 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 conquered during WWII wasself serving as they placed thousands of captured women in Comfort Stations to satisfy the sexual needs of its army.Around 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 consequences e.g., 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 shame That 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 soldiers.Fifty 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 story.The 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 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. 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 her strong faith in God, and continually inspired the other women, by praying with them and reading the Bible to them I was continually inspired by her 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 her strong faith in God, and continually inspired the other women, by praying with them and reading the Bible to them I was continually inspired by her loving, giving and forgiving nature I am blessed to have met Jan a few times as she is friends with my husband s Grandad, and she is a beautiful lady, with an inspiring Catholic faith 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 repeatedly.I 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 and kept her strong I ve read many stories of WWII fro 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 repeatedly.I 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 and kept her strong I ve read many stories of WWII from different perspectives, but this was a new view for me It is a poignant and moving story of faith and survival, forgiveness and, ultimately overcoming a terrible past Recommended reading 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 1 2 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 soldiers.Clinging to God s faithfulness in spite of her situation is what sustained not only Jan herself, but her comp 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 1 2 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 soldiers.Clinging 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 war.She had a happy marriage, and children Jan never doubted God s love and faithfulness in the midst of so much evil.In 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 is.But 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 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 book it wasn t written as well as A Pledge of Silence, it had the personal narrative voice throughout and in a way it held you at arms length Jan Ruff O Herne shared much of her life but not really her vulnerability You passed through her experience but you do not linger and the three mon 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 book it wasn t written as well as A Pledge of Silence, it had the personal narrative voice throughout and in a way it held you at arms length Jan Ruff O Herne shared much of her life but not really her vulnerability You passed through her experience but you do not linger and the three months of being raped in a brothel was handled respectfully and had just a few stories and details Of course it s a fine line between talking about villainous rapacious behavior and creating a story which isabout the immoral behavior than about the power of forgiveness and overcoming the suffering life triumphant and everlasting Also Ms O Herne wrote often and passionately about her faith and how that inspired and kept her going throughout the war More a story of a Saint than a victim which is fine neither are probably true but given her experience and the times she grew up in it s probably an unusually brave thing that she came out publicly at all, and while the book doesn t have that personal storm and Angst I think such an experience would have generated, well that s me not her maybe it didn t for her she has a different personality one that obviously ard her in a way so that she could survive this and overcome it in a powerful manner To compare it once again to A Pledge of Silence Margie was raped once and while she suffered much the same as Jan she carried that shame and guild for her for years same as Jan but it had to be pried out of her by accident in the end while Jan made the decision herself to tell her story and she was raped manytimes than Margie ever was Different people different situations, apples and oranges, etc but while one is a better written story the other is a better example of how to live a proper life of integrity Four stars good historical read |Download Pdf ☫ 50 Years of Silence ⚇ The long idyllic summer of Jan Ruff O Herne s childhood in Dutch colonial Indonesia, ended inwith the Japanese invasion of Java She was interned in Ambarawa Prison Camp, along with her mother and two younger sistersIn February , when Jan was , her life was torn apart Along with nine other young women, all of them virgins, she was plucked from the camp and her family, 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 as comfort women for the Japanese army betweenand 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 A lesson to my lack of knowledge.This was a good book Opened my eyes to the unknown secrecy of war The abuses of not only the p.o.w 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. 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. There are no words that I can string together to write a review that would adequately express the facet of emotions I went through while reading this heart wrenching account of family, love, inspiration, despair, hopeless, fear, dread, just to make my way back to love again I cried throughout and felt for all the woman and men who were torn away from their families and placed into war camps I was appalled to read how cruelly humans treated other humans How these prisoners of war were starved There are no words that I can string together to write a review that would adequately express the facet of emotions I went through while reading this heart wrenching account of family, love, inspiration, despair, hopeless, fear, dread, just to make my way back to love again I cried throughout and felt for all the woman and men who were torn away from their families and placed into war camps I was appalled to read how cruelly humans treated other humans How these prisoners of war were starved to the point of bones protruding and death How sickness ravished their bodies without the aid of medicine I was especially sickened about the young women who were forced into Japanese brothels, forced to give their virginal bodies over, and forced to abort their captures children Although these prisoners of war were so physical weak, their spirits remained high and steadfast with their faith I am ashamed to say that even though I am a Believer of a higher power, I do not know if I could have been so faithful Fifty Years of Silence is a hard look at a one woman s account of her and her family s experience as prisoners of war I learned a lot about World War II that I previously did not know and I m sure some of you will too If you are sensitive to human cruelty, rape, and doing what s necessary to survive please skip this book All other readers get ready for a dreary memoir laced with inspiration and hope