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 by Jan A. Krancher | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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

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

by Jan A. Krancher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786417072

ISBN-13: 9780786417070

Pub. Date: 08/21/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

Overview

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 15, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786417070
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/21/2003
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 0.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
Introduction5
1.Overview of the Imprisonment Experience11
2.A Soldier in the Royal Netherlands-Indies Army25
3.A Letter to My Grandson39
4.A British Prisoner of War43
5.Glimpses of Camp Life56
6.A Teacher Turned Soldier and Imprisoned by the Japanese64
7.A Dutch Youth Tortured and Imprisoned by the Japanese, Then Pressed into Service Against Indonesian Freedom Fighters71
8."They Can't Be Human Beings!"85
9.A Wartime Girlhood98
10.The Mouse-Deer and the Tiger103
11.Imprisoned in Our Own Home117
12.Ode to My Mother126
13.New Terror on the Way Home133
14.The Protectors Abandoned Us148
15.The Bombs That Saved My Life155
16.Memories of an Indo Boy162
17.An Unlikely Friendship175
18.Saved by a Stranger188
19.Disguised as a Boy196
20.The Loss of My Father214
21.Innocence Denied225
22.Never to See the Land of My Birth Again234
23.The Missing Years249
24.Liberated, Yet Not Free252
Appendices
I.Chronological Summary of Events in the Former Dutch East Indies from December 3, 1941, to December 31, 1942257
II.Foreign Terms and Abbreviations262
III.Mortality Statistics of Civilian Internees263
IV.New Versus Old Indonesian Placenames268
Index271

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