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Lois Schwarz Lois A. Scheller Schwarz, President and CEO of the Aletheia PsychoPhysical Foundaton for the past 48 years, humanitarian, visionary, author and minister.

Lois Schwarz has a background in physiological psychology, training in executive management, and worked with retarded adults before joining Jack Schwarz in 1968 to help develop Aletheia's Dream of an Aletheia Holistic Liberal Arts University.

Lois has traveled extensively with Jack and helped to lead retreats, workshops and training worldwide. She is now in the process of editing Jack's bio and two other books besides teaching and mentoring.

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Lois visits Jack's 1947 Indonesia Batavia Reunion
Below is an article written by Lois and published in the local newspaper in 2006.

Daily Courier Newspaper - Grants Pass, Oregon - 12/15/2006

The last week in October I found myself visiting for the second time (1990 was the first) the 15th Reunion of the Dutch Batavia-Indonesia forces of 1946-1950 in Ede, The Netherlands.

For the last six years I have been working on my husband's fascinating life story with the title of "The Man of Tomorrow." After being in the Dutch Underground during World War II, my late husband, Jack, and 120,000 Dutch soldiers were sent to fight in Indonesia. The Dutch controlled Indonesia before the war and, after the Japanese retreated, they fought to regain control and keep a Communist leader from taking over -- much like our Vietnam War.

The friendships developed between these veterans, -- about 150 of the 2,000 in his original group are left at this time -- is strong and dynamic even today. All are now in their 80s.

My visit of four days was beautiful and supportive. The veterans were humble and gracious. I asked them to share their memories and feelings about Jack, Batavia and World War II, wanting to verify and add on to the biography.

I also had the opportunity to visit my nephew and his wife in Amsterdam, a city I know well.

But mostly, I was there to make contact with the veterans. Most of them speak English, and I'm still getting information.

I want to share this recent e-mail from a veteran I contacted there whom I'll call K.: "The 'Sobat' (an Indonesian word for anyone who served as a soldier in that country) briefly spoke at the end of the reunion about the gifts Jack had (hypnotizing) and the good work he did as the welfare officer-sergeant. In 1944 this Sobat lived in a part of Holland liberated by the American troops. He had suffered under the German occupation -- several family members were threatened and killed. His home was destroyed. He added that he will be deeply grateful to the American liberators as long as he lives."

Then K. told about himself: "When the Germans invaded our country in 1940, I was 14. We were liberated in 1945 so I began the occupation as a boy and ended it as a young man. Right from the beginning I hated the Germans or rather the Nazi ideology and as I saw the German cruelties to the Jews and the Dutch people this hatred intensified. It took me several years to realize that there is sometimes a difference between Germans and Nazis! I refused service in the Arberdsdienst (German labor service) and went underground. Several of my relatives were killed. The part of the country where I lived was liberated by Canadian forces and this day was probably the happiest in my life. Let me tell you that I will be eternally and deeply grateful for this to England, America, Canada and Poland for their part in our liberation."

"We have one American war cemetery, and also English, Canadian and even Polish and French war cemeteries. The Canadians and the Poles were incorporated in the British Army, but they have their own cemeteries. There are also British soldiers, or rather Commonwealth soldiers, buried in a lot of ordinary Dutch cemeteries. Those are the graves of British pilots and airmen who were shot down over Holland during air raids. Let me also tell you that whenever I pass a military cemetery, be it English, American or Canadian, I will visit and pay my respects, often with a lump in my throat. I, too, am deeply grateful to the Americans until I die, but I do not always agree with what the Americans did later on."

In a country where land is so valuable it's overwhelming to find these cemeteries so honored, even now.

Jack, who was a holistic health educator, researcher and minister, died in 2000. For information about his life and work -- since the biography is not finished -- go to "About Jack".

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