KANCHANABURI Burma Railway Manned railway crossings in Thailand The River Kwai March Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors On the 70th anniversary of the completion of the 'Death Railway', a British prisoner of war, now 95, speaks for the first time about the 'appalling' conditions he worked in. The Bridge On The River Kwai
ALKMAAR - The 94-year-old Daniel Cordus grew up in the Dutch East Indies. When he is 19 and has just employed by the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL), war with Japan broke out. Daan and his two brothers, also KNIL soldiers taken prisoner. A tough time begins.
They are forced to work on the infamous Burma railway. Daan's brother John dies there after severe torture. Daniel himself lucky: he has to work as a nurse after a few months in the infirmary. Heavy physical labor spared him, though he has to do terrific job.
Sick with whom he has to make are often too weak to go to the toilet and so Daan must pick from the jungle large leaves which they can relieve themselves. As a young man he sees hundreds of people die. "You saw people die, alone and lonely. I was obviously not used to. But after a while you become almost immune to this kind of misery."Daan only about
After the war, like Daniel and his brother Joseph just one thing: to return to their home in Java. They remain in military service because they think that the fastest will come home. However, it appears not.
Their job is not there yet, because if KNIL military becoming involved in police actions. Joseph lost during these operations life. Daan remains the only one left. "I think our dear Lord has given me years of my too young deceased brothers there."Award
The last surviving brother Daan Cordus now, 70 years later, honored for all he has done for the Netherlands. Also, both brothers will be honored posthumously. Mayor Piet Bruinooge Alkmaar thanks Daan from the bottom of his heart for all that he and his brothers have done for the Dutch society.
Cordus wears his award to his mother: "She has lost two sons and had to care for her own five children." the award means recognition for Daan finally Cordus. "It's a little late, but better late than never."
About Daan Cordus and his family is currently by Griselda Molemans a documentary
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