(Left) Japanese bombs destroy ammo stacks in Soerabaja.
KNIL (Dutch) soldiers surrender.
Pictures from Java Gallery.
There are no family photographs, only memories. Memories of a five-year old imprisoned by Japanese soldiers. Memories of love, courage and most of all hope. Hope that there was a God who would walk through the valley of death, known as WWII, with her. And He did.
These are the first stories my mom (Helaene or, Laney) can remember as we try to put the pieces of her life all in order. Information of dates, times and places are still sketchy but I can feel it come together. She does want to make it clear that she harbors no anger against the Japanese or the Indonesian people. These are her earliest memories . . .