The Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942-1949: Survivors' Accounts of Japanese Invasion and Enslavement of Europeans and the Revolution That Created Free Indonesia
Following their invasion of Java on March 1, 1942, the Japanese began a process of Japanization of the archipelago, banning every remnant of Dutch rule. Over the next three years, more than 100,000 Dutch citizens were shipped to Japanese internment camps and more than four million romushas, forced Indonesian laborers, were enlisted in the Japanese war effort. The Japanese occupation stimulated the development of Indonesian independence movements. Headed by Sukarno, a longtime admirer of Japan, nationalist forces declared their independence on August 17, 1945. For Dutch citizens, Dutch-Indonesians or “Indos,” and pro-Dutch Indonesians, Sukarno’s declaration marked the beginning of a new wave of terror. These powerful and often poignant stories from survivors of the Japanese occupation and subsequent turmoil surrounding Indonesian independence provide one with a vivid portrait of the hardships faced during the period.
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Overview of the Imprisonment Experience
A Soldier in the Royal NetherlandsIndies Army
A Letter to My Grandson
A British Prisoner of War
Glimpses of Camp Life
A Teacher Turned Soldier and Imprisoned by the Japanese
A Dutch Youth Tortured and Imprisoned by the Japanese Then Pressed into Service Against Indonesian Freedom Fighters
They Cant Be Human Beings
Memories of an Indo Boy
An Unlikely Friendship
Saved by a Stranger
Disguised as a Boy
The Loss of My Father
Never to See the Land of My Birth Again
The Missing Years
A Wartime Girlhood
The MouseDeer and the Tiger
Imprisoned in Our Own Home
Ode to My Mother
New Terror on the Way Home
The Protectors Abandoned Us
The Bombs That Saved My Life
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The Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942–1949: Survivors’ Accounts ...
Jan A. Krancher
Anteprima limitata - 2010
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Pagina 2 - Indies and lived principally in the larger communities. Here living conditions were excellent with fine houses, elegant clubs, a variety of entertainment facilities and an abundance of cheap and pleasant native servants. Life in the back country — on plantations, in mission centers, or at oil fields on government posts — was by contrast rather dull.
Pagina 2 - The white population fell into three main categories: the plantation operators and employees ; the urban business and professional classes ; and the government workers, including administrative and military personnel and teachers. The latter two composed about 80 percent of the total, and lived principally in the larger communities. Here living conditions were excellent, with fine houses, elegant clubs, a variety of entertainment facilities, and an abundance of cheap and pleasant native servants....
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