In March of 1942, 7,000 American, British, and Dutch Japanese POWs on the island of Java were ordered into camps.
Dolf Unger, a Corporal in the Dutch Royal Army was one of these soldiers. Newly married with an infant daughter, Dolf was not to see his wife and daughter for over three years. This book is a compilation of articles, letters, and mementoes documenting his camp experiences. Dolf’s story is not just one of survival, but of spiritual transformation.
For Dolf, this transformation began one cold fall day when he was forced to shovel scrap metal. In a moment of utter despair, as he cried out silently to God, he kicked a pile of scrap metal. God’s answer came in the form of a perfectly shaped four-inch iron cross, which landed on his boot. Dolf soon became involved in a Christian community in the camp called “The Church Under The Cross”. The spiritual growth and transformation of this community of sick, starving, and often beaten men offers a greater context to Dolf’s own spiritual Journey.