When I was 14, half my family was executed while I escaped into a cornfield. I am now 81. AMA
My grandma was in the Philippines during WWII when her parents and most of her family were executed in their home by Japanese soldiers. She escaped to a nearby cornfield with four other siblings.
She is now 81 and a proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren. She is also a successful entrepreneur of several businesses. She'll be back to answer your questions after her nap.
UPDATE: Thanks for the interest. I have asked my grandmother some of the questions and will be posting her answers shortly. She kind of just went through the whole story, jumping from one point to another, so I will compile her story into a more structured story and try to answer the questions from there. We are having a family party soon so I did not ask her questions that I felt would make her cry or upset; however I will ask these at a more appropriate time ASAPly.
06:30 EST UPDATE 2: Sorry for the slow responses. I did not time this appropriately with our family function tonight. I'll try to ask her more later (we are in Southeast Asia right now).
http://imgur.com/Fd7lj - picture of my grandma and some of her family ~6 years prior to this event. She is the one on the bottom left.
UPDATE 3: Thanks for all the support and kind words. It's sleepy time now.
18:00 EST UPDATE 4: I can answer some of the questions that I know because grandmaama needs an emotional break.