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Was this film based on a true story?

If so where is the link to the detailed article of the event?


Yes, it's based on Betty Jeffrey's diaries which she published in book form under the title, White Coolies.


And on several (unmentioned) other camp biographies, like Helen Colijn's Song Of Survival. Helens two younger sister sang in the camp's voice orchestra. My mother was also imprisoned in those camps (Palembang, Muntok, Belalau).

There's a documentary about Helen and sister Catharinia returning to (former camp) Belalau:
The commentary voice is in Dutch, but all the people, including the Dutch, are interviewed in English.

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