I could tell the story - life and survival - 1940/49 (a time document - original title “Ik kon het navertellen”) The true story of Major 'Jan Hanssen' takes place in the period 1940-1949 before and during the Second World War in Asia (Dutch East Indies, Burma and Siam ). Major 'Hanssen', as a Dutch K.N.I.L. officer, documents his experiences as commander of an internment camp; being interned himself at the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe; the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies and subsequently his struggle for survival as a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway. He compellingly describes the era of a world that many unfortunately could not live to tell. Because the story is based on truth, most personal names have been replaced at the express request of the main character and family. The original manuscript is protected by copyright.
*How peaceful it was 7 *Acquaintances and friends with the detainees 53 *From the war with Japan, until my departure, early February 1942 89 *Behind barbed wire for the first time 126 *Retpu, Camp30, on the Burma-Siam railway 174 *The Nakom Paton hospital 254 *The liberation 306
Fortunately, we also had little trouble with beatings by the Japanese in Camp70. There were sometimes a few blows, but usually it was due to being caught in line, sabotage or clumsy behavior. With a few exceptions, vicious abuse didn’t occur. However, one always had to be careful and watch out, because the Japanese were always very unpredictable. So one morning I experienced the following. At roll call, before work was assigned, a guard (Korean) walked up to my koemi 148 and attacked one of the guys. I don't know for what reason. The man hadn’t put anything in his way, but the Japanese was getting more and more excited and I saw that he was going to hit. He did that too. The blow missed, because I had come a step forward and parried the blow that was intended for the man with my arm. However, my arm shot through and knocked the Jap's helmet off his head. I saw him go wild, but control himself. He picked up his helmet and left. An hour later when I was busy organizing the work, I heard a Japanese voice calling me. ×