Au­thor tells of fam­ily’s war­time hard­ships

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

It’s all hap­pen­ing at War­dini Books this month with the launch of a true story of heartaches and tri­umphs.

Two Slices of Bread by In­grid Coles tells how as a young child in Hol­land, In­grid’s un­cle of­fered her an­other slice of bread. ‘Two slices of bread?’ she asked, never hav­ing been al­lowed that many be­fore! Her mem­ory jumped to the star­va­tion and cru­elty her fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced at the hands of their cap­tors in a Ja­panese con­cen­tra­tion camp.

In­grid Coles was born in Java, Dutch East Indies (now In­done­sia), on Novem­ber 28, 1942, dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion of WWII. Three months af­ter her birth, she and her fam­ily were in­car­cer­ated in pris­oner-of-war camps. Her fa­ther died, aged 43, in a prison camp. Her 6-year-old brother died of star­va­tion and pneu­mo­nia en route to Hol­land, when the fam­ily was evac­u­ated dur­ing the In­done­sian War of In­de­pen­dence.

Life changed dras­ti­cally in the Nether­lands for In­grid and her three sib­lings, who had to learn how to cope with their mother’s post-trau­matic stress and their own war­time ex­pe­ri­ences. In­grid was or­phaned aged 16 in 1958. She had a clear idea of her fu­ture call­ing and she em­i­grated to New Zealand to be­gin nurs­ing train­ing. This mem­oir traces In­grid’s back­ground and grow­ing up years, re­veal­ing the se­cret of her suc­cess­ful life in her coun­try of adoption. The book re­veals how she over­came the hurts and hur­dles of the past, even to how she learned to for­give her op­pres­sors.

Join the cel­e­bra­tions at the Have­lock North Library on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13 at 6pm.

In­grid Coles along­side the cover of her book Two Slices of Bread.

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