Song of Survival: Women Interned

Version: Unabridged
Author: Helen Colijn
Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2007
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Helen Colijn describes the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese during World War II and how the prisoners sustained their faith and courage in spite of harsh circumstances through singing.

Reviews (2)

Song of Survival

Written by Connie on January 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Having seen the movie 'Paradise Road', I was familiar with the musical part of this true story, but it was interesting to hear the personal experiences of the three sisters, and the dynamics between them. Another great (but sad) story of those who survived the brutalities of war, this time by a group of women and children. More people should know about this.


Written by Fred on July 18th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the most inspiring stories we've ever read. Despite the horrific conditions of the women in the prison camp and how brutally they are treated, they refuse to let their spirits be dragged down to the level of their captors. They come up with an idea to have a concert but they have no music or instruments, so one or two ladies write out instrumental music scores, they hold rehearsals and eventually give a concert using their voices in place of instruments. It not only gives them a reason to live but touches the hearts of the brutal guards. After reading the story, we actually got the recording based on the original concert and it was incredibly beautiful!

Author Details

Author Details

Colijn, Helen

Helen Colijn is the author of two books on Holland (Of Dutch Ways and The Backroads of Holland) and was coproducer of the documentary film Song of Survival.