Perils and Pearls + Giveaway







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Book Details:
Book Title Perils and Pearls: In World War II, a Family's Story of Survival and Freedom from Japanese Jungle Prison Camps by Hulda Bachman-Neeb
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 190 pages
Genre Memoir / Japanese History
Publisher BristleCone Press
Release date:   September, 2019
Content Rating: PG: T
here are mentions of decapitation and ugly jail or camp scenes and murder. No bad words, no expletives, no drug use and no drinking.

"The story of our Dutch family being ripped apart isn't unique. Millions suffered beyond description during the war. However, today, I have the opportunity to share our story with others so that they may know just how priceless their freedom is. That is my sincerest wish in bringing this book to the general public." - Hulda Bachmann-Neeb


Book Description:

In World War II much of Asia fell under Japanese control after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. All non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific. This is the story of a Dutch family, resident in the Dutch East Indies, that fell victim to the Japanese occupation and was interned in jungle camps throughout the war. It tells the journey from riches to rags, from fear and suffering, to the joy of freedom and recovery.



My Review

I appreciate Hulda's mother sharing her memories of their time in the prison camps. It is people who have lived and were fortunate to survive horrific ordeals like this that are willing to share their stories that we can read about them. Hopefully, readers come away from these types of books with more appreciation for their freedom and learn from history. 

Thus the reason I picked up this book to read about Hulda and her family's survival in the prison camps. This book does read like a memoir. While, I did like learning about Hulda's family past, I did feel like it was a bit too long with the history. It could have been shortened up a few chapters. I did not really get what the story about her father's time sailing had to do with the overall story. 

The "meat" of the story and the focal point of this book did not start until the halfway point. Which I found intriguing. I can't imagine having to live in a prison camp like Hulda and her family did. Thus when you think of what people are having to do with sheltering in place at home currently; it is not even close to what people in prison camps had to endure. I did find this book to be a quick read.


Meet the Author:

Hulda Bachman–Neeb was born in Indonesia of colonial Dutch parentage two years before the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Because much of Asia fell under Japanese control, all non-Asians were imprisoned in concentration camps until August of 1945, the end of the war in the Pacific. As a member of the Dutch Foreign Service in her adult life, Hulda held assignments in twenty-five countries over a period of thirty-six years, retiring in 1996. She is married to an American, James Bachman, a historian and author, and has dual citizenship. Hulda and her husband live in Estes Park, Colorado.

Connect with the author:    website ~ facebook ~ twitter


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