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Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy Paperback – November 14, 2015
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When my first book, In the Shadow of the Sun, based on my mother's journal and published in 1992, was out of print, but people kept asking me for more copies, I realized that the subject of women's suffering in Japanese concentration camps during WWII in the Pacific was unknown to many.
People in general know a lot about WWII in Europe, the Holocaust, and about the military war effort in the Pacific, but virtually nothing about the civilian camps for men, women and children and the cruel treatment of the prisoners by the Japanese Imperial Army in Southeast Asia.
When I found out about the NARA Files, the top secret Japanese War Crimes Files declassified in the year 2000, I knew I had to re-tell the story and add this valuable information for the whole world to know. The 1942 liquidation plan of the Japanese Ministry of War was stated in Exhibit O : Death for all prisoners of war in all camps in occupied Southeast Asia, to commence in September of 1945. That meant my life was saved by the bombs! I herewith thank all the veterans and deceased military who fought so courageously and gave their lives for the rescue we so desperately kept hoping and praying for.
Rising from the Shadow of the Sun, an autobiographical historical memoir, if I may call it that, details my mother's love and our survival of the concentration camps followed by vignettes of the wonderful, joyous life that has befallen me since.
At the time of its publication in March of 2011, my dear Mamma was 101 years old and very happy that our second book had seen the light. She received the very first copy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An inspiring story about the human spirit and the resiliency that can be found in families and even little girls.
- Elizabeth Norman, PhD
Ronny's strong and engaging voice brings clear understanding of the physical and psychological suffering that interned women endured during the Japanese occupation.
- Virginia Colangelo, MA
Rising from the Shadow of the Sun reveals human greatness and depravity through the eyes of a little girl and her courageous mother. Ronny's life glows like a lunar rainbow of perseverance and hope. It's a testimony to the abiding strength of family and love.
- James Williams, MAT
Ronny's direct, matter-of-fact narrative is optimistic, revealing her abiding faith that love, determination and positive willpower can overcome adversity.
- Ray Newton, PhD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. Ronny Herman de Jong describes how through her mother's strong will the family survived. This is the first book I've seen where the Japanese kill orders are printed .Although the Japanese tried to destroy these orders, they were located decades later and released.
If the war had lasted longer, all prisoners including Americans throughout the Pacific would have perished.
This author continues to write about her life after the war in a very positive, upbeat manner. She went on to have a good life and a wonderful family. It's a testament to her strong will and optimistic views about the future
. I would recommend this book highly. Not just for historical facts, but for the human spirit's ability to survive and over-come horrific situations.
Ronny, her mother and her little sister were incarcerated soon after her father, a pilot for the Dutch Naval Air Force was deployed, painfully having to leave his family vulnerable to whatever the war would bring in his absence over a three year period.
This is a compelling story of courage, resilience, the will to live and the determination to survive. It speaks of the power that love and faith have to keep hope and optimism alive. Ronny vividly tells parts of their story as her mother, Netty, recorded it in her hidden diary during the years of their internment. Netty’s bravery and resourcefulness not only saved her own life but that of her two young children. Living day to day, she found ways where there was no discernible way to protect and care for her children while helping fellow prisoners whenever possible.
Perhaps it was the modeling of Netty’s strength, compassion and resilience that influenced Ronny’s ability to transcend the horrors of the past and to become the warm, beautiful, positive, caring, and empathetic person that she is today. Her book is a soul-stirring page turner.
I cannot tell you how much I admire the strength of both the author and her mother - nay all of these strong women and children - for their strength, fortitude and will to not just live through this experience but to do so with dignity and humanity. The circumstances were certainly not humane and became more inhumane and tragic by the day. The tale is told beautifully here and with painstaking detail. Our family members were a bit younger and do not remember such detail so for me it was very touching to know how things began, how they progressed, the daily details and so forth. Mrs DeJong has filled in the many blanks for us and it is much appreciated.
Thank God you all survived and are willing to share your story so that this and those lost will never be forgotten! We have a growing collection of book recounting the stories of survivors this is my favorite of several very well written books on the topic.
Ronny's account of the years following the war was perfect closure to this remarkable story.
The book also reminded me of my own mother's memoir, written during the last couple of years before she died, about life as a child in the years prior to the Russian Revolution. I can't wait to read it again. Thanks, Ronny.
the author join our discussion .It is a wonderful story of a strong and courageous woman , Netty Herman, who was held for almost 4 years in a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia during WW II with her two young daughters aged 1 and 3 yrs at the beginning of their internment. The story was written using Netty's actual diary from those years starting when she first married and ending at the end of the war. Ronny then continues her story
to the present time. Very little was known about the Japanese treatment of women and children during the war. This is an engaging and truly
informative account of real events from a person who lived them. I highly recommend reading this incredible story.