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With the Japanese army poised to invade their Indonesian island in 1942, Rita la Fontaine's family knew that they and the other Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian residents would soon become prisoners of war. Fearing that twelve-year-old Rita would be forced to act as a ~'~comfort woman~'~ for the Japanese soldiers, the family launched a desperate plan to turn Rita into ~'~Rick,~'~ cutting her hair short and dressing her in boy's clothes. Rita's aptitude for languages earned her a position as translator for the commandant of the prisoner camp, and for the next three years she played a dangerous game of disguise while advocating against poor conditions, injustice, and torture. Sixty-five years later, Rita describes a war experience like no other--a remarkable tale of integrity, fortitude, and honor.
Disguised: A Wartime Memoir
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