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Language: English
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The author of the book: Jan Ruff-O'Herne
Edition: Elex Media Komputindo
Date of issue: January 12th 2011
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"Sebuah catatan yang menyentuh hati dan emosional tentang trauma dan teror yang dialami Jan Ruff-O`Herne sebagai seorang “wanita penghibur” muda. Kisahnya menyampaikan luka hati dan penghinaan dari perbudakan seks."
- The Age

“Sebuah buku yang luar biasa.... Bacalah.”
- The Canberra Times



Kisah hidup luar biasa dari seorang korban selamat dari perkosaan pada masa perang..

Bagaimana mengatakannya pada anak cucu kita? Maksud saya, perasaan malu dan tidak berharga yang begitu besar itu. Mau tak mau saya harus mengungkapkannya, tapi rasanya tidak sanggup berhadapan muka dengan mereka . . . jadi saya putuskan mencurahkannya lewat tulisan ini.

Masa kanak-kanak Jan Ruff-O`Herne yang penuh keceriaan di masa penjajahan kolonial Belanda di Indonesia berakhir ketika Jepang menyerbu pulau Jawa pada tahun 1942. Lalu ia diasingkan di Kamp Penjara Ambarawa bersama ibu dan kedua saudara perempuannya.

Pada bulan Februari 1944, ketika Jan baru berusia 21 tahun, ia diambil dari kamp dan dipaksa menjadi budak seks dalam sebuah rumah bordil bagi para tentara Jepang. Di sana ia sering dipukuli dan diperkosa selama tiga bulan. Lalu ia dikembalikan ke kamp dengan ancaman bahwa seluruh keluarganya akan dihabisi jika ia berani coba-coba mengungkapkan kebenaran tentang kekejaman yang dideritanya.

Selama lima belas tahun, Jan tidak pernah memberi tahu siapa pun tentang peristiwa yang dialaminya semasa perang, namun pada tahun 1992, setelah menyaksikan di televisi ketika para korban perkosaan pada Perang Korea memohon keadilan, ia memutuskan angkat bicara dan mendukung mereka. Namun, sebelum ia sanggup bicara di depan publik, ia harus memikirkan cara terbaik untuk mengungkapkan tentang segala sesuatu yang pernah dideritanya pada keluarga dan teman-temannya.

Ketabahannya dalam bertahan hidup menunjukkan kekuatan batin dan imannya yang teguh. Selama lima belas tahun, ia berjuang sekuat tenaga tanpa kenal lelah untuk membela hak-hak kaum wanita dalam perang dan konflik bersenjata.


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Ebook Fifty Years of Silence read Online! Jan O’Herne was born in 1923 at Bandoeng, in central Java. After the Japanese invasion of the NEI, she, her mother, and her two sisters were interned, along with thousands of other Dutch women and children, in a disused and condemned army barracks at Ambarawa.

In February 1944 a truck arrived at the camp, and all the girls 17 years and above were made to line-up in the compound. The ten most attractive, including Jan O’Herne, were selected by Japanese officers and told to pack a bag quickly. Seven of the girls (including O’Herne) were taken to an old Dutch colonial house at Selarang, some 47 kilometres from their camp. This house, which became known to the Japanese as ”The House of the Seven Seas“, was used as a military brothel, and its inmates were to become ”comfort women“.

On their first morning at the house, photographs of the girls were taken, and displayed on the front verandah which served as a reception area. Visiting Japanese personnel would then select from these photographs. Over the following four months, the girls, all virgins, were repeatedly raped and beaten, day and night. Those who became pregnant were forced to have miscarriages.

After four harrowing months, the girls were moved to a camp at Bogor, in West Java, where they were reunited with their families. This camp was exclusively for women who had been put into military brothels, and the Japanese warned the inmates that if anyone told what had happened to them, they and their family members would be killed. Several months later the O’Hernes were transferred to a camp at Batavia, which was liberated on 15 August 1945.

In 1946, O’Herne married British soldier Tom Ruff, whose unit had protected the camp from Indonesian freedom fighters after its liberation. The two emigrated to Australia from Britain in 1960.


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