It took Jan Ruff-O'Herne a long time to feel comfortable speaking out about the abuses visited on her when she was interred by The Japanese Imperial Army and made a "comfort woman" during WWII. But 50 years after the fact she realized the need to share her story, to make public and advocate for the plight of abused women in war times. Of Dutch descent, Ruff-O'Herne describes her idyllic childhood in the Dutch East Indies and the ordeals that followed Japan's occupation. Beverly Dunn's voice is refined and eloquent. She gives an earnest and unflinching performance of the material in this audiobook, helping shed light on O'Herne's and many other women's horrific experiences through the author's powerful and moving words.
Jan has been recognised by the Australian and Dutch governments and was awarded the 2002 RSL Anzac Peace Prize for her work on behalf of war-time sex slaves.
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 sisters. In 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 family, and enslaved into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army.
©2008 Jan Ruff-O'Herne; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing
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