Zurich: New Year, New Country

Zurich sits along a lake nestled in the foothills. You can see the Swiss Alps in the distance.

  It’s a new year, and I’m in a new city and a new country. Grüezi from Switzerland! Zurich sits on a finger lake nestled in the foothills. The only skyscrapers here are church steeples and mountains. On a clear day, you can see the Swiss Alps in the distance.

Australian comfort woman

Portrait of former Dutch comfort women

  The “comfort women” were not all Asian. Some were Dutch and Australian. Jan Ruff O’Herne was one of them. After 50 years of living with the shame and guilt in silence, she finally told her family about what happened to her in the Dutch East Indies during World War II.