Peter's  page

Over the past few years I have researched my personal history. I had planned to record it for family purposes only. But what I discovered about my family's predicament in some World War II events was so dreadful, that those events needed wider exposure. Hence the links in the following sections.

I was born in Batavia (now Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) just before WWII started. My mother, sister and I spend nearly 4 years - my formative years - in Japanese internment camps in Batavia called Kramat and Tjideng.

My father, a civilian, was a member of the Stadswacht (city guards) and was imprisoned in Camp Struiswijk. We never saw him again. He died when the Japanese transport ship, the MV Junyo Maru, was torpedoed, ironically, by a British submarine just off the west coast of Sumatra with the loss of 5600 lives! He and his mates were on the way to work on the Sumatra railway - not as famous as the Burmese one but just as deadly!


Typical Tjideng house during WWII.

So I have posted a page on a Japanese Internment Camp in Batavia 

called Tjideng.


Quite well known for all the wrong reasons.


(The page also contains a list of "residents" at April 1944 and August 1945 as well as a passenger list of the December 1945 voyage of the Nieuw Amsterdam from Singapore to Southampton.)

Junyo Maru


I have also posted quite a bit about the history and demise of the Japanese transport ship Junyo Maru.


One of the largest, yet most forgotten, 

maritime disaster of WWII.


(The site also contains a casualty list with the names of 1382 Dutch, 8 US and 3 Australian POWs but not those of about 4000 Javanese slave labourers who also perished)

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana


Did you know?..


that the Dutch Government has not compensated its victims of Japanese persecution? 

Countries such as Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Norway have!

If you were interned by the Japanese in WWII, have a look at the website:- 

This is a new organisation seeking compensation for Dutch victims of Japanese internment camps, and their 

next of kin, in the former Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).



I am the webmaster of an other  historical website:

VOC logo


CHECK IT OUT! Click on the logo above.


(It is all about the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) and their ships mapping 

Western Australia's coastline in the 17th and 18th century.)


Email me if you have any comments.

Peter van der Kuil/Revised October 2007