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!
"Those who do not remember the past are
condemned to repeat it."
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:
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