The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Henk Paulus (born 1917), a Dutch East Indian veteran of World War II (WW2).  He became a war volunteer in 1941.."We tried to hold back the Japanese, but that only lasted a few minutes. We had no experience at all. We were captured as prisoners of war and taken to Burma.  I worked on the Burma railway there, wearing only a loincloth, just like Adam and Eve.  So many died there from exhaustion and malnutrition. We were abused and tortured. There was a Japanese guard who took pleasure in thrashing people.  He would beat the living daylights out of you. And afterwards, he would be really kind and gave you his last cigarette."."I got dysentery and black water fever, my urine turned black and I had hallucinations.  I was so ill that they gave up on me and took me to the death cell. It was full of dying people.  I thought to myself, if I stay here I'll die too.  And .I crawled out. There was a Dutchman lying outside, sick and groaning.  He introduced himself as Vijfvinkel.  He turned out to be my sister Bea's fiance.  That was the last time I saw him. He must have died. I went through hell and back again but I survived thanks to God.  I prayed a lot, that gave me strength.  After the war, I joined the marine brigade on Java.  The army was all I knew."...