Helen Colijn
Song of Survival: Women Interned
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Song of Survival: Women Interned Helen Colijn Song Of Survival, Helen Colijn s account of her wartime experiences, is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War 2 the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to their dire circumstances Held in captivity for nearly four years, then a third of the women in Helen s camp died of dSong Of Survival, Helen Colijn s account of her wartime experiences, is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War 2 the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to their dire circumstances Held in captivity for nearly four years, then a third of the women in Helen s camp died of disease or starvation Yet their courage, faith, resiliency, ingenuity, and camaraderie provide us with enduring lessons on living Though they had no musical instruments, the women had their voices, and from memory scored classical works for symphony and piano to sing The music that helped sustain them while in captivity is a lasting and precious gift from these women to a world that has witnessed far too much war Helen s story reached a mass audience via the motion picture Paradise Road, which is based on the events chronicled in Song Of Survival.. Song of Survival Women Interned Song Of Survival Helen Colijn s account of her wartime experiences is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japa
  • Title: Song of Survival: Women Interned
  • Author: Helen Colijn
  • ISBN: 9781883991104
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Song of Survival: Women Interned Helen Colijn Song of Survival Helen Colijn, Peninsula Jan , Song of Survival is their remarkable story, told by the survivors themselves, aided by rare archival footage The Peninsula Women s Chorus of Palo Alto, California recreates the rapturous music that made life endurable in a remote prison camp in Sumatra. Song of Survival Directed by Steve Longstreth They survived three and a half years in a Japanese prison camp in Sumatra during World War II But these courageous women had something special going for them the great music of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Song of Survival Women Interned by Helen Colijn Jan , Song Of Survival, Helen Colijn s account of her wartime experiences, is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to Song of Survival Women Interned Helen Colijn Song of Survival Women Interned Helen Colijn on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Thrown into the whirlwind of dark forces unleashed with the onset of World War II, a young woman, Helen Colijn Song of Survival Dramatic Publishing Song of Survival is an experience you ll remember forever Review by Jeanne Hopson, The Family Playhouse, West Salem, WI This play was an excellent teaching tool as well as a very touching and memorable play.

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    1. Karen says:

      This book was made into a 1997 movie Paradise Road, starring Glenn Close I believe I had first bought the book after seeing the movie I have just now gotten around to reading it.Helen, her two sisters, and their father departed on a ship from Tarakan Borneo for Australia, because the Japanese had invaded Borneo in 1942, and the rumors were that the Japanese were imprisoning all non Asians Their ship was bombed by Japanese pilots, and they were forced to jump into the life boats, before the ship [...]

    2. Trish Forrester says:

      Enjoyed this as a first account of what life was like for ordinary people who are thrust into war, how resilient they can be, and how war can bring out the best and the worst in people I enjoyed the matter of fact way it was told without attempting to embelish or dramatize the events.

    3. David says:

      Compared to the callous treatment handed out to male POW s, these ladies got off lightly relatively speaking However four years living under the Japanese was no walk in the park and their survival and return to civilian life is testament to the resilience of these extraordinary women.

    4. Rachel says:

      The story is remarkable and wonderful I couldn t put it down It is honoring to all that have survived the horrors of war The writing is solid, but not flowery.

    5. Sarah Crawford says:

      Japanese divided their prison camps between camps for the males and camps for the women and children In virtually all cases the camps were excessively primitive, food was in short supply, medicines were rare, the camp soldiers were nasty and their commandant was excessively nasty and the prisoners died in great numbers from abuse, malnutrition and diseases, among other things.This book is about a woman named Helen Colijn who was in Sumatra when the war began The area was quickly overrun by Japan [...]

    6. Melissa says:

      At first as I started reading I found the writing fairly simple and was somewhat bored by the account of their life in the Dutch East Indies formerly Indonesia As I started to read though, it became and interesting I wouldn t say it was something I couldn t put down, but it definitely was something I was eager to pick up again.The story follows a family of 3 sisters as the Dutch East Indies are attacked by the Japanese, their subsequent escape attempt and ultimate capture The tales of the 3 s [...]

    7. Jennifer Kim says:

      This is one of those books that we must all read, not to inform ourselves of what horrible beings most of us could become, given the chance, but to remind ourselves what challenges we could overcome, survive, and eventually thrive Having read about the Japanese treatment of the civilians Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang, another must read, but not particularly well written, also beware of gruesome details and pictures , POW s and captured freedom fighters of occupied lands, the treatment of the wom [...]

    8. Patsy says:

      Excellent story of women interned in Sumatra during WWII.Most interesting is the story of Margaret Dryburgh s fantastic musical memory She remembered many classical music pieces, wrote them down, including harmonies, to be sung by women s voices She and Norah Chambers formed a women s choir and surprised the other inmates with a spectacular concert Even the Japanese guards, who were to forbid any gatherings, relented and stayed to listen The choir existed even as members had to sit due to frail [...]

    9. Alissa says:

      I thought that the story was interesting The descriptions of war in this kinds of books always helps those of us who have never been in war situations understand a little bit better I was however thrown off by the title and the summary of the book I thought that it would include details about how the music helped them which is why I was drawn to the book There were not many details on the music There would probably be information or of a story on the music if it was written by one of the sist [...]

    10. Jayne says:

      Song of Survival was a wonderful book I didn t know a lot about women Interned during the 2nd world war Helen s book was filled with so many feeling and challenges, it s hard to believe anyone could walk out of their alive The ladies in the camp showed so much strength and determination to survive.I loved the fact that through music they bonded with each other and also showed defiance to their captors My heart ached for all the people in the camps Helen showed us just how much will is in a perso [...]

    11. Kathleen says:

      This is an excellent first hand account of the lives of a group of women and children caught up in the Pacific side of WWII It is not a piece of fine literature, but the author presents an unflinching picture of daily life and the toll on physical emotional and spiritual health of the internees It makes an excellent companion to the documentary of the same name, which brings to life the people and circumstances very beautifully.

    12. Heather says:

      The true account of Helen Colign and her two sisters forced to stay in an internment camp held by Japanese soldiers during WWII The sisters were imprisoned for 2 years and used music as a way to lift spirits and distract them from the sickness and emaciation A very historical and interesting story of survival lived through a ship being gunned down family, and overcoming bitterness The book flows very well and in enjoyable to read.

    13. Lataun says:

      I liked it I liked the beginning and I liked the prisoner of war camp story from the Japanese side But still the prisoner of war stories are the same no matter whose prisoners you were Conditions were harsh, food was scarce, and life was miserable and somehow these women lived through it and their stories are inspirational and give us reasons to be uplifted and remind us that it could always be worse.

    14. Tessa says:

      A very moving and personal story of experiences of European women imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII, in Indonesia The movie Paradise Road was based on this story Some of the women in the camp created an orchestra of voices and performed classical pieces transcribed for voices The choir eventually couldn t perform any because they were too weak and sick, but for a time they kept up the hopes of everyone in the camp.

    15. Karen says:

      I really enjoyed this book I am in a Vocal Arts Ensemble right now and we are singing some of the pieces these women sang It made the music that much meaningful to me I also liked that this was not a story I had heard before I have read heard a lot about Nazi Germany during World War II, but nothing about the internment of the Dutch on behalf of the Japanese Good read.

    16. Bruce says:

      This interesting memoir describes the ways women survived while in captivity during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies Indonesia Groups formed based mainly on nationality, partly due to language differences As they were moved from camp to camp groupings changed But groups came together to perform songs to lighten the pain of internment.

    17. Katie says:

      I only bought this book because I m now living in Indonesia That said, it was a pretty interesting and true story about what Dutch colonialists went through during WWII and how they survived life in Japanese camps Not something that I knew much about before reading this book.

    18. Caroline Hayes says:

      Beautifully done Very few WWII narratives can be told with so much hope, and pride for surviving This book pulled it off incredibly well Coljin is an eternal optimist, and paints an incredible picture of one complex situation after another A very pleasurable read Great narrative.

    19. DDog says:

      When I was in middle school my children s choir organized a concert around Helen Colijn and her fellow internees choral work and experiences It s pretty powerful stuff.

    20. Rebecca Newman says:

      Powerful Heart wrenchingly beautiful Inspiring.

    21. Deborah says:

      Interesting.

    22. Ruth says:

      It was somewhat boring at first describing her life before the war, but other than that I was sucked into the horror and hope of the women whom refused to give up on life.

    23. Holly says:

      One of my favorite books EVER.

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