The Dutch government just honoured Rudi Hoenson and the timing — Thanksgiving — couldn’t be better. You might never meet someone with so much cause to be bitter, but so much gratitude for his life.
Rudi’s story has been told here before. The Dutchman was taken prisoner at age 18 when Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies in the Second World War. He spent 3 1/2 years in forced labour in Nagasaki. Was there when the atomic bomb went off, endured a living hell that reads like Dante’s Inferno.