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

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Jan A. Krancher
McFarland, 21 ago 2003 - 288 pagine
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
11
A Soldier in the Royal NetherlandsIndies Army
25
A Letter to My Grandson
39
A British Prisoner of War
43
Glimpses of Camp Life
56
A Teacher Turned Soldier and Imprisoned by the Japanese
64
A Dutch Youth Tortured and Imprisoned by the Japanese Then Pressed into Service Against Indonesian Freedom Fighters
71
They Cant Be Human Beings
85
Memories of an Indo Boy
162
An Unlikely Friendship
175
Saved by a Stranger
188
Disguised as a Boy
196
The Loss of My Father
214
Innocence Denied
225
Never to See the Land of My Birth Again
234
The Missing Years
249

A Wartime Girlhood
98
The MouseDeer and the Tiger
103
Imprisoned in Our Own Home
117
Ode to My Mother
126
New Terror on the Way Home
133
The Protectors Abandoned Us
148
The Bombs That Saved My Life
155
Liberated Yet Not Free
252
Chronological Summary of Events in the Former Dutch East Indies from December 3 1941 to December 31 1942
257
Foreign Terms and Abbreviations
263
Mortality Statistics of Civilian Internees
265
New Versus Old Indonesian Placenames
268
Index
271
Copyright

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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....
Pagina 3 - Sukarno occupied the center of the Indonesian stage. The 20 years of his preeminence were full of drama and increasing authoritarianism.

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Jan A. Krancher survived the Indonesian independence movement and was repatriated to the Netherlands in 1956. He now lives in Visalia, California. Visit his website at www.krancher.org.

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