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James And Hulda Bachman To Speak At Kiwanis


At the Friday, April 4th Kiwanis breakfast meeting Hulda Bachman will be sharing her experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese concentration camp during WW II. Hulda is of Dutch decent and also an American citizen. She was born in Indonesia to Dutch colonial parentage two years before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following the attack of December 7. 1941 on Pearl Harbor and the onset of the war all caucasians, in the Pacific Rim and Asia, were imprisoned in Japanese concentration camps until August of 1945. Decades following WW II there are numerous untold stories on how people were able to survive the conditions of a Japanese concentration camp. Hulda Bachman will share her and her families experience of survival during those dark years.

As an adult Hulda joined the Dutch Foreign Service and had assignments in a total of 25 Dutch Embassies. Following her retirement in 1966 she came to the United States to live.

Helda is married to Historian James Backman who will review events and campaigns that took place in the South Pacific during the war.

The Kiwanis Club meets at The Other Side Restaurant from 6:45-8:00 a.m. Following a short business meeting and breakfast the Bachman’s will present their program. The meeting is open to the public.

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