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Book Launch: “Surviving the Burma Railway”

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Book Launch: “Surviving the Burma Railway”

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Book Launch: “Surviving the Burma Railway”

Sunday 17 July
2pm

FREE

Join us at the Museum as our Resident Historian, Professor Konrad Kwiet, officially launches the book, Surviving the Burma Railway: the war diary of Guus Fonteijn.

Guus Fonteijn’s diary is a heart-wrenching account of his time as a forced labourer on the Thai/Burma railway. He gives the reader a sense of the horrors faced by the men in the appalling conditions of the railway, from their Japanese captors to Allied bombings. Stories such as Guus’ are a remarkable reminder of the far-reaching effects of the Holocaust.

Guus was born in Indonesia in 1923 to a happy, Jewish family. They lived in Holland for a time, but seeing the threat of National Socialism, his family fled back to Indonesia believing it to be a safer alternative. Tragically, in 1941, Japan annexed much of Southeast Asia and Guus was conscripted into the Royal Dutch Navy at the age of just 17. Within six months, he was taken prisoner and so began his nightmare, which is detailed in this book.

To purchase a copy of the book from the Museum shop, click here.

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