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Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II

Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II

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by Herman J. Viola

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Lost Childhood is the vivid, first-hand account of the horrors of war through the eyes of a child. This real-life memoir breaks a 60-year silence to tell one woman’s riveting story of prisoner life during World War II. As a little Dutch girl in Indonesia, Annelex Hofstra’s comfortable world was torn apart when she and her family were sent to

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Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine being only four when the japanese invaded your country and began rounding up all the dutch citizens and shipping them to prison camps. Well this is exactly what happened to Annelex Hofstra during World War two when she was only four. The story Lost Childhood is a real life account of how a Annelex Hofstra, her mom, and her grandma manage to survive during the terrifying things that happened to them in the camps during World War two. On their way to the camps they got separated from her brother and their dad is off fighting. They spent three and a half years of being treated like animals and lived in constant fear of being punished or even worse being separated. They must fight through the starvation, infection, and disease if they want to live. They live through the battles inside their camps and live through the abuse that the soldiers are giving them. Also they manage to survive with out little water and food. It took years for her family to recover, but she stills has those bad memories that will never be forgotten.There are both sad and happy parts in this story about the army and when they reunite with their family. When they thought everything was back to normal bad things started to happen to them. Like deaths and having to move away, but somehow she managed to live.  Now she shares her story in the book Lost Childhood to tell people that they should never give up or lose hope. Read this book to learn about her rough childhood how it was good and then shifted to terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you wake up everyday in fear? Do you, throughout the day, watch people get beat because they didn’t say a number right in Japanese? Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II by Annelex Hofstra Layson is a book about a girl that gets taken from her home —in world war 2¿, separated from her brother, and then stuck in a Japanese prison camp. In this book she has to adapt to survive and do what she is told or run the risk of being beaten. In the end the dutch army comes in and takes them out  sending them to the Netherlands.  Layson’s tough personality helps build the theme of never give up. I did not enjoy this book because I felt it was too fast- pace. I would recommend this to senior citizens.
swim4life More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a 5th grade book report and I loved it! It is a great story and I think that evrybody should get a chance to read it.