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There were also Indo-Dutch families there. Some were later imprisoned with us, others were regarded as natives and set free. Everyone sat on one side of the verandah. We did not know any of them. But on the other side of the verandah sat one man and I recognized him! Page 35 "Mama," I whispered when we were looking for a spot to fall down with our little group, "that is Mr. " He did not look at us. " I knew where he lived, right across the street from the headquarters. Mr. Muiden was the father of my best girlfriend in high school and our guardian and guide at the air control service a month earlier.
Taking that route he could move faster than the retreating troops and possibly would be able to join them again before the advancing Japanese could block all the main roads and highways. Papa had been so sorry that he could not stay with us but after everything he had heard, he was sure that the Japanese would kill him right in front of his family if he was found at home. That had been another reason why he had been so adamant to leave. We all listened to Mama and understood. That was a sad day for us all although we also felt relieved.
It seemed that all the other people had found a spot as far away as possible from the man on the floor. I had no idea how long he had been there. Little Peter started to play with some of the other children there and Elly fell asleep on Mama's lap. I was amazed how these little ones had come through the rampokking ordeal. Up to now, they had not cried or fussed at all. It was as if they understood that this was an emergency. Peter looked up so trustingly when Mama told him to stay close to us. I concentrated on the man on the floor.