“Rising from the Shadow of the Sun, A Story of Love, Survival and Joy” tells the inspirational story of a little girl, Ronny Herman, who survives almost four years in Japanese prison camps. Ronny is barely three years old in 1942 when the Japanese conquer the island of Java and force her family into prison camps. Ronny’s father, a pilot with the Dutch Naval Air Force, escapes with his squadron on a ship in the dark of night, only hours before Japanese submarines encircle the island.
In her diary, smuggled through the camps at the risk of being killed had it been detected, mother Netty gives an accurate account of the Japanese invasion and the lives of women and children incarcerated under the brutal regime of the Japanese. She describes the years of physical and psychological suffering, but also the hope, faith, solidarity and resilience that remain alive among the imprisoned women, who are desperately trying to survive and protect the lives of their children.
A Glossary, a complete List of Camps in the whole archipelago as well as reading group questions complete this story.
“Many people in the second and third generation do not know what happened to their families while imprisoned under the tyranny of the Japanese because survivors just could not talk about it,” says the author. “My book is for them.”
The book has an average star rating of 4.5 on Amazon.
“Ronny Herman de Jong has pulled together a fascinating true story about her family’s experiences during World War II. Drawing from her mother’s wartime diary, Ronny recreates the harsh realities of life during an enemy occupation. The particular value of this story is its focus on “ordinary” people and how big decisions made by politicians and military leaders had enormous consequences for women and children. This book is a must for anyone interested in the Pacific campaign of World War II.” Writes a history professor and published author in Wisconsin.
“All told, this is an important work which provides significant stories about the victims of a lesser-known part of World War II in Southeast Asia. As with The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s Night, we marvel at Netty’s courage and strength in caring for her daughters throughout this catastrophic period. We experience her husband’s enduring love, and after the horror has passed, their daughter Ronny’s affirmation of life. "Rising from the Shadow of the Sun" is an important account of courage and hope,” says Nancy Owen Nelson, PhD, Memoirist, poet, college professor .
Title: Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy