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Friday, November 5, 2010

Of Saints and Soldiers: Kitty de Ruyter-Bons, Baboe Kit and Pop Mientje

Some stories I read in our Church publications stay with me for years. "Baboe Kit’s Gift" is one of them. Mormon Times recently contained an update of Kitty and her life all these years later.

Kitty was interred in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II as was her family.
When Kitty's beloved nanny, a native Indonesian, came to the camp's barbed-wire fence to bring Kitty her precious rag doll, the nanny was killed while Kitty watched. Many years later, after the family had evacuated to Holland, Kitty discovered that the nanny had put many of the family's jewels inside the doll. The money that came from selling these jewels helped her and her siblings to get higher education.
Kitty's mother, "told Kitty and her siblings that they could choose to use their limited energy in hating their captors or in loving God and their fellow men — or at least in trying to find the good in their fellow men." When her nanny lost her life bringing Kitty's beloved doll to the camp a Japanese soldier, an enemy, protected Kitty from further harm by handing her the doll and telling her "go quickly" away from the confusion at the fence that had cost the nanny her life. Later, Kitty discovered the jewels.


War usually brings out the worst in people, but amidst the horror sometimes Christ-like love is still found. Kitty certainly found it.


Note: If this posting reminds you of the movie Saints and Soldiers, you can watch it free on Hulu.

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