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…

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 Japanese army.  A goodly number of Indos who refused were summarily executed and many ended up in camps. …

Hand of God

By Nicole Maureen Vanderwaall In the living room of a small American ranch-style house in suburban Phoenix, a little girl sat at her Grandma’s feet, munching on a cookie.  She tilted her head back, looking imploringly up at the sweet, elderly woman who told such wonderful stories.  “Grandma, tell me a story, please.  I want…

Camp Westerbork

[Featured photo: Hut Where Anne Frank Stayed in 1944] 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 mounds-50 centuries-old megaliths);  the old Saxon village of…