Eleanor Nunis was not yet two years old when she and members of her family were captured. They were made prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation of Singapore and Malaya in World War II. She grew up listening to the stories of her loved ones experiences. Eleanor learnt that despite the suffering, deprivation and humiliation they had to endure, there were moments of compassion and kindness, even from the enemy.
The book's title Unsung Heroes, was inspired by Eleanor's mother, who, when talking about the war, would refer to the family members mentioned in the story, as 'my unsung heroes'. It is a touching story written with candour and sensibility of those engulfed in the mayhem of war.
Eleanor, a nurse, was in-charge of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Theatre in Singapore.
When she and her family moved to Melbourne, she worked as theatre supervisor of the Operating Suite at a Private Hospital. Now retired, she teaches piano and has joined a creative writing group. She enjoys writing poems, short stories and articles for newspapers and magazines.
Eleanor has published a book of poems, 'A Time and A Season'. It is about life, with its seasons of joy, pain, service and love.
by Eleanor Nunis
A family had to flee Singapore just days before it fell to the Japanese Army in World War II. Captured at sea, the women and children were interned, while their menfolk were sent to the infamous Thailand-Burma Death Railway. Amidst the brutality and horror, there were unexpected moments of kindness shown. This story is about the human spirit and how love and courage shine a light in the darkness.
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