Doris Van Der Stratten

Doris Van Der Stratten

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The true story of Doris van der Stratten, and Australian housewife who at the outset of the Second World War survived a massacre, a five-month trek through the jungles of Malaya, incarceration with POWs and then became the mistress of the Japanese Commander of the Kuala Lumpur Garrison, before finally and fatally encountering the Japanese military police – the dreaded Kempetei.

This is the story of her extraordinary life and tragic death.

Andrew Barber is a Kuala Lumpur-based corporate consultant and former British diplomat. His is the author of a number of books on Malaysian history including: Malaysian Moments; Malaya the Making of a Nation 1510-1957; Penang under the East India Company 1786-1858; Penang at War 1914-1946; and Kuala Lumpur at War 1939-1945. His is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

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