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The Diary of Prisoner 17326


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JOHN K. STUTTERHEIM, M.D., born in the Dutch East Indies, survived Japanese prison camps as a boy, moved to the Netherlands, and became a family physician in the United States. He is now retired. MARK PARILLO teaches history at Kansas State University, where he specializes in Japanese and military history.


"The story of a young man and his truly triumphant surmounting of a long and terrible trauma." -- -Mark R. Peattie Stanford University "Stutterheim, a retired physician living in Lakebay, was a child living in the Dutch East Indies when World War II broke out. His father was taken away by the Japanese and Stutterheim, his mother, and his brother were imprisoned. The boys eventually were consigned to a Japanese labor camp, where Stutterheim kept a secret diary." -The Seattle Times "The brutal, racist Japanese treatment of Dutch civilians in World War II is told here through the eyes of a young boy who somehow survived captivity, but found he couldn't go home again. This should be required reading for anyone who studies the Pacific War." -- -Linda Goetz Holmes author of 4000 Bowls of Rice and Unjust Enrichment "The tall gentleman beside me stiffened as the voices of Japanese tourists mingled with those of our own overseas tour group. "Can't help it," he said sheepishly. That's how I met Dr. John Stutterheim. It led to hearing John's inspirational story of surviving a brutal Japanese labor camp, reuniting with his family in volatile postwar Java, and overcoming enormous odds to become a medical doctor in the United States. I'm glad that he's now sharing it with a much wider audience. Prof. Mark Parillo has added an illuminating foreword that puts John's youthful experiences in historical context." -- -Durham J. Monsma Retired publisher, The (Stamford) Advocate & Greenwich Time and CAPT, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (ret.) "At a time when the nation can't get enough of the bogus reality of self-centered narcissists surviving trivial trials and when the average teen's idea of a life crisis is no cell phone service The Diary of Prisoner 17326 quietly and straightforwardly tells us about real people living through unspeakable cruelty in a Japanese Labor Camp. This tale of ordinary, pampered middle class women and children surviving extraordinary treatment with courage, resourcefulness and dignity reminds us that the Greatest Generation was made of more than just the men who went to war." -- -Joe Daley Past President, Far East Department, Reserve Officers Association and Past Director of the Asian Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce

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