By Laverne Boulogne Van Ryk
Jasmine’s mom and dad got here to Java as missionaries from Holland. She has older sisters, Ellen and Yvonne, and one more youthful brother, Danny. Her ally is a local woman referred to as Sari. This friendship keeps even if Jasmine discovers that Sari’s cousin Sukandar is a freedom fighter.
Holland has been occupied by way of the Germans for the reason that may perhaps 1940, and after the assault on Pearl Harbor there are 3 months of fearful anticipating the japanese to assault the Indies. Early March 1942 the japanese invade Java and the Dutch military surrenders on March eight. Jasmine is devastated whilst her father is arrested via the japanese, and despatched to a focus camp. a few months later all white ladies and kids additionally input focus camps. Jasmine has to claim goodbye to Sari, realizing that she most likely won’t see her pal again.
A garland of Emeralds is predicated on own experiences.
Laverne Boulogne Van Ryk used to be born on Java. After the japanese invasion in March 1942 she and her relations spent three-and-a-half years in numerous focus camps, separated from her father. The give up of the japanese in August 1945 was once by way of an untidy peace. Reunited along with her father, Laverne was hoping to begin her lifestyles back the place she had left off, however the Dutch have been in the midst of a violent Revolution for Independence. In may well 1946 the total relatives repatriated to Holland. After 5 years they moved to Canada the place Laverne married and raised a kinfolk of her personal. Laverne lives in Edmonton, Canada.
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