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The Diary of Prisoner 17326A Boy's Life in a Japanese Labor Camp$
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John K. Stutterheim

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231508

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231508.001.0001

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The Diary of Prisoner 17326
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John K. Stutterheim

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231508.003.0004

The author and his family return to Java after the events of the previous chapter, which appear to follow him home. He relates the story of being bullied in school for having a German-sounding last name and the troubles that followed, in which he attempts to fight those accusing him of German sympathies. Later, he offers an account of his father and his aptitude for dancing and swimming, and a story about his father's lessons to his brother. The chapter closes with a foreboding story of Japanese aggression, in which the Japanese government makes requests to the Dutch government and the premonitions that the Japanese are preparing for an invasion.

Keywords:   Japanese, Soldiers, Dutch, East Indies

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