Helen Colijn's account of her wartime experiences is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War II: the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to their dire circumstances. The conditions were harsh, terrible. Food was scarce, medicine unavailable. Held in captivity for three and a half years, more than 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 the prisoners had no musical instruments, they had their voices, and from memory scored classical works for symphony and piano. The music that helped sustain them while in captivity is a lasting and precious gift of these women to a world that has witnessed far too much war. You can lean more about Song of Survival at White Cloud Press
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"This story of women and children held as prisoners of war by the Japanese in WWII takes its title from the "vocal orchestra," composed of camp members who transcribed and performed classical music, giving the camp members a respite from the pain and deprivation of camp life. Nadia May's performance brings the listener directly into this stark reality. Through the plaintive voice of young children, she cries out as fathers and older brothers pass by the camp on rare occasions. The increasing weariness and loss of hope for liberation is poignant and striking. Supplemental material is presented at the end of the book. This material works much more effectively in the audio format than would footnotes or endnotes. J.E.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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