Seiker in 1945
||Fred Seiker today
|Fred Seiker - Dutch former Thai-Burma Railway FEPOW
I first learned about Keiko through a 1998 FEPOW newsletter, and sent
her a copy of my book, "Lest we Forget" She invited my wife and I
to go on a reconciliation visit to Japan. This invitation caused mayhem
with my attitude towards the Japanese at that time. As a survivor
of the infamous "Railway of Death"; this was not surprising. The Japanese
nation did not exist as a civilised people as far as I was concerned.
However, our visit to Japan in 1999 changed all that. The warmth and
generosity of the people we met was overwhelming and sincere. Today
I carry no grudge towards the Japanese of the present generation.
I have made many close friends, especially Akira and Koji. The dedication
of Keiko and her organisation Agape made this miracle possible. A
destructive ghost has been laid to rest.