“Undesirable” Music and Entertainment by Colonial Migrants in the Netherlands before and during the Nazi Occupation

by Inez Hollander, Ph.D. – Academic Director of The Indo Project Introduction Lizzy van Leeuwen’s Volksvreemd vermaak: De Oost en de West op de Nederlandse podia voor en tijdens de Duitse bezetting (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2023)  This important book tells a history that, until now, has received little attention in the overall Dutch obsession with World…

2023 Japan-Netherlands Peace Exchange Program

by Fleur Wormgoor Background Information Fleur, a survivor of Japanese internment camps (Ambarawa 7, Moentilan, Banjoebiroe 12, and Ambarawa 6), shares her poignant experience as one of the six participants in the 2023 Japan-Netherlands Peace Exchange Program. Delve into her compelling story of resilience and reconciliation. This program is an initiative that aims to foster mutual…

Who Remembers Us

[Featured photo: March 1952 Family Buiskool on board Johan Van Oldenbrneveld] By Helen Buiskool, North Carolina, USA I’m so excited to now be able to learn more about my heritage, thanks to The Indo project. It is long overdue for many of us of my generation who have hungered for more information now that our…

Jungle Railroad

[Featured photo: Early 1900’s Sumatra Railroad Construction Through Jungle] By Frans Krajenbrink, California, USA (My grandpa is the smallest guy and it seems he is pointing at something with his right hand.) When my mom was a little girl in the early 1900’s she lived in Palembang on the island of  Sumatra.  This island was…