Thank You & Happy Holidays

Dear Friends, Most of us who have our roots in the former Dutch East Indies recognize the importance of keeping our history and culture alive.  A constant reminder of this are the letters and emails you send us and the old photos and passionate postings you place on Facebook.  All reminders of our common heritage,…

The Power of Perseverance

By Kareen Richard. Recently I attended a lecture by Pieter Kohnstam about the Holocaust. Pieter is a German Jew who was born in Amsterdam because his parents had to suddenly flee Germany on some trumped-up charges by the Nazis. In Amsterdam, the family lived on the Merwedeplein, a few doors down from Anne Frank, who…

GLODOK PRISON During WW II.

By Kareen Richard The “Glodok Affair” is a little known chapter in the events that occurred during World War II in the Dutch East Indies. In mid-1944, a man named Piet Hein van den Eeckhout was released from the Japanese Civilian camp in Tjimahi because he vocalized his pro-Japanese feelings.  A number of same-minded others…