Commemorating and Celebrating May 4 and 5

On May 4th the Netherlands commemorates victims of war; on May 5th the people celebrate the fact that they live in freedom. The National Committee helps determine how meaning is given to commemorating and celebrating the memory of the Second World War. The national observance of Remembrance Day in the Netherlands takes place on May…

Over de Grens

Beyond the Pale – Over de grens

An Editorial on the Introduction to Over de grens  by Inez Hollander, Ph.D. Director Emeritus for The Indo Project and Author of Silence Voices/Verstilde stemmen en verzwegen levens I apologize to you, dear reader.  I was going to read the recently published decolonization research anthology Over de grens: Nederlands extreme geweld in de Indonesische onafhankelijkheidsoorlog,…

Rutte: deep apologies to Indonesians

[Telegraaf article 2/17/2022 by Alexander Bakker – translated by Margaret Maugenest] Rutte: deep apologies to Indonesians for extreme and systematic violence BRUSSELS — In response to findings of the investigation into extreme violence being used by the Dutch against the Indonesians during the War for independence in Indonesia (1945-1949), Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered “deep…

WAR CRIMES?

Half goed is niet goed, half waar is niet waar, halfheid leidt tot niets.                                                                         ~ Multatuli, Max Havelaar The following is an opinion piece and a personal story. I’m writing this for The Indo Project as I feel that many supporters of The Indo Project have a similar story to tell. It’s the other…

Indos in San Diego Luncheon

2nd Tuesday of each month: start with 2/8/22 – Noon – 2pm PAN ASIA SEAFOOD BUFFET 707 Center Drive San Marcos, CA 92069 (following dates are:  3/8/22, 4/12/22, 5/10/22, 6/14/22 and so on) FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR CLICK HERE Last Tuesday of each month: start with 2/22/22 – Noon – 2pm ASIA SEAFOOD BUFFET 39825…

Letter by Autie Titia Bouma

Letter by Auntie Titia

This is a letter by Titia Bouma, my great auntie, to Jetze Bouma, her brother born in 1902 in Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). She wrote this letter at a Red Cross refugee camp in Singapore. Jetze in turn sent this letter from Singapore to Tanjung Priok to Jan Sluijter who in turn sent it to…