The True Story of Klaes Van Diemen : And How He Learned the Language of Forgiveness
Klaes Van Diemen was born in Indonesia in 1935 and lived in a happy Dutch family. His life was quite idyllic... However, everything changed when the Japanese invaded Indonesia. He and his family were placed into a concentration camp and were forced to adapt to a harsh and new reality almost overnight. This story focuses on the journey of a man who, after experiencing much hardship and cruelty during and in the aftermath of the war, ahs come to terms with the forgiveness that must follow in order to be free.
- Paperback | 90 pages
- 152 x 229 x 5mm | 132g
- 27 Aug 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Frans Ammerlaan
Frans Ammerlaan was born in Indonesia, on the island of Java formally the Netherlands, East Indies. He has a colonial heritage which was swept up by the Japanese invasion in 1942 and was interred in a concentration camp with his family. He is one of 6 siblings of whom 3 are alive. 2 have passed away due to the effects of the incarceration. After WW2 the family became refugees and were transported to Australia in 1945, the first 50 Dutch refugees to arrive in Freemantle. They were repatriated to the Netherlands in 1946 and migrated back to Australia in 1953. He married, had 4 children; remarried, acquiring 4 more and took in 2 young adults for a total of 10 children. Most are now resident in Tasmania which island state they have adopted as their own. He cofounded a new technology of language acquisition which is now nationally accredited. He is currently involved in a Masters degree in Linguistics.