The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Harry Herklots (born 1916), a Dutch East Indian veteran of World War II (WW2).  He was a medic in the Royal Netherlands Indies Army.."I was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in Java.  They put me and other prisoners on a transport to Japan.  We were in a convoy of ten transport ships.  On the way, the convoy was torpedoed by American submarines.  All the ships were sunk. Almost a thousand people were killed. I was sucked under by the current but I managed to get back to the surface.  I managed to cling on to a beam and I was picked up the next day by a Japanese fishing boat.  I was one of about twenty-five survivors."."When I got to Japan, I was put to work in prisoner of war camp number fourteen in Nagasaki.  One day in August I was busy building a wall in an air-raid shelter when there was an enormous explosion.  Everything shook, it was like an earthquake. I went outside, but everything had gone dark and I couldn't find anything or anybody.  When it got lighter, I could see the sea.  You couldn't see the sea before because there were buildings in front. They had disappeared. In the harbour, all I could see were the masts of sunken ships.  Trees had been uprooted, everything was destroyed and there were many, many dead.  One woman, whose skin was hanging from her body, was calling for her children.  The city burned for two days.  Weeks later, I heard from an American journalist that it had been an atom bomb. In 1946 I got a lump on my head that has never gone away.  Now that I'm old, I wonder: how did I manage to survive all that?". CHECK with MRM/FNA