Ilse Smit and Dorothy Read at the Holland Festival.

The account of one East Dutch Indies family’s survival during World War II and the Indonesian Revolution is the subject of this edition of Dialogue. Joan Cartan-Hansen interviews sisters Ilse Evelijn Veere Smit and Edith Evelijn Veere, who survived the two atrocities, as well as author Dorothy Read, who helps Ilse tell her family’s story in the new book End the Silence. The sisters lived through the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies in 1942 and the revolution in the war’s aftermath and talk about their lives during those turbulent times. After the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies in 1942, 9-year-old Ilse, her mother and siblings were sent to a concentration camp. Tortured by her captors, Ilse survived the war only to see her family become targets of Indonesian revolutionaries determined to wipe out Dutch colonialists. How Ilse survived a war and a revolution became a family secret, not to be discussed until now as Read documents the story in their book. The story told in End the Silence is a little known yet relevant piece of World War II, an addition to the tragic sagas of Europe’s concentration camps and the interment of Japanese Americans in the US It is a piece of history that belongs to a world audience, as it exposes the iniquity and indignities suffered by people interned in the Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia.

 

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After the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, Ilse Evelijn Veere Smit, her mother and siblings were sent to a concentration camp. Ilse survived the war only to see her family to become targets of Indonesian revolutionaries determined to wipe out Dutch colonialists. Author Dorothy Read documents Ilse’s story in the book, “End the Silence” and they share their story with Dialogue Host Joan Cartan-Hansen.

 

One Comment on “Ilse Smit and Dorothy Read at the Holland Festival.

  1. Dear Ilse and Dorothy,

    Your very impressive “dialogue” is in my blog, my first blog!
    I do hope that You like this blog, writen in the Dutch language and Youtube multimedia.
    If so we shoud consider to translate this blog into the English language. ( google translate is not optimal)
    It is so important for our children and grandchildren to remember the past!

    Your, even critical, reaction is most welcome.

    Your Bob Zaalberg, (Col ret.RNLA and orthopaedic surgeon)

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