She recounts her years of internment in a Japanese concentration camp on Java. Then, at the war's end she walked out of Camp Halmaheira only to walk into the bloody Indonesian revolution where she was targeted for execution by native freedom fighters. Finally, she tells of the pain she suffered trying to cope with her memories in a family that refused to talk about it.
As Ilse recalls the scenes in her remarkable journey, Dorothy Read paints them in the words of both the young Ilse who lived them and today's Ilse who reflects upon them. A finely wrought story, End the Silence gives new voice to this long-neglected piece of history.
Born in the Dutch East Indies, Ilse Evelijn Veere Smit is an Indo survivor of World War II and the bloody revolution that turned her homeland into the Indonesia we know today. She and Dorothy Read met on Whidbey Island, Washington. Read, a published short fiction author and former teacher, recognized Smit's story as an eye-witness account deserving a world audience. End the Silence is the riveting result of their collaboration.