Memories of Camp Barongan

by Han Mouthaan FOREWORD For clarification purposes: The Dutch civilians of the former Dutch East Indies endured two types of camps during AND after WWII. The first type were the WWII Japanese concentration camps, 1942-1945. The second type… Read More

A Brief History of the Dutch East Indies – Part 1.

By Kathryn Pentecost Introduction In this series of monthly essays, I hope to help the readers understand the great complexity that is the story of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. I write as both an ‘insider’ (an… Read More

The Camps.

By Jan Krancher, California, USA Overview of the Japanese Imprisonment Experience   The Japanese High Command on Java attempted to coerce the Indo-European members of the former Royal Netherlands-Indies Army, Navy and Air Force to enlist in the… Read More

Diaspora Old Map.

  By Jan Krancher The word “diaspora” has been used throughout the web site of The Indo Project.  Most readers are undoubtedly acquainted with this Greek term referring to the dispersion or scattering of Jews outside of Palastine after the Babylonian exile… Read More

Meaning of Logo.

By Priscilla McMullen The Indo Project logo is a representation of the Indonesian Arjuna Wayang Kulit.   The image is placed within Delft frame, representing the Indo connection to the Dutch, and turned to face to the East, the… Read More

Kamp Westerbork.

By Patricia Tiber, Arizona, USA In September I took my annual trek to the Netherlands and decided to spend some time in Drenthe, a province I had never visited before.  My request for exploring the ancient “Hunebedden,” (burial… Read More

Missing Pieces.

By Jack Profijt, Canada After  their  immigration  to  the  USA  and  Canada,  the  task  of  integrating  into  a  completely  unknown  culture  began.  Finding  employment,  housing  and  other  services  was,  at  times, very  difficult,  as  the  USA  was  going  through  its … Read More

Troops 1947.

Excerpt Translated by Jan Krancher, California, USA After WWII, in an effort to re-establish control of its colony from 1947-1949 the Dutch instigated a “Politionele Acties” (police action) by sending  troops back to Indonesia.  To ease the transition for the troops… Read More

Disguised.

Book Review By Bianca Dias-Halpert, Washington, USA In 2004 my quest for English language literature about the Dutch East Indies came to a screeching halt when I discovered this wonderful book. Disguised A teenage girl’s surival in World… Read More

Selamat Jalan: A Family Story 1933-1949.

Excerpt by Kathryn Pentecost (van der Poel family) of Adelaide, South Australia On my mother’s side, I come from an enormous family of van der Poels – some of whom migrated to the Netherlands Indies in the early 1800s…. Read More