01:31 10-07-2013
Hilde Doherty
I read with interest and emotion the story of your father. I have great admiration for him and his POW mates and their ability to overcome the very terrible tribulations they suffered. Thanks for all the work that you did in putting together this website and writing your father's story.
I am seeking information about my uncle, Hijlke Hoogeveen who was also in the KNIL and who was a POW in the camps of Burma and Thailand.
11:49 02-06-2013
Lars Voorkamp
Thanks for sharing your story which is very similar to that of my father.
He was taken by the same ship Hawaii Maru, but he was in Hiroshima #2 camp, and worked in the copper mines there.
14:37 30-05-2013
Philip Oostenbroek
Hi, I was very moved and interested to read your very comprehensive research. I am also in the process of finding details of my father who was also in the KNIL and sent to Osaka internment cap. I myself was born in Lampersari interment camp in Semarang with my mother and siblings. Unfortunately my father never wanted to speak about the war.
But I know that he too was sent to Manila for rehabilitation and after that he went to Balikpapan. Fortunately our whole family was reunited there. If you have any further information of what the KNIL did in Balikpapan I would be grateful to hear from you. With thanks and kind regards, Philip
15:03 24-05-2013
Erwin Gomis
@Ria: In Enschede woont ook nog een Brouwer von Gonzenbach..
13:58 04-04-2013
Christopher Ryan
warm greetings and thanks for what you have written, to one son of a prisoner of war from another son of a PoW (Thomas Ryan, merchant seaman, Engineer's Boy on troopship Empress of Asia, sunk by Japanese 5 February 1942 and captured at the Fall of Singapore, prisoner until the end of the war) Found your website while researching my father's war, which I am writing up for his grandchildren who never met him. with sincere regards, Christopher Ryan
15:10 23-03-2013
Rose Flohr
I am the daughter of Martinus Flohr and Jans Mesker Flohr. I am in the process of translating a letter from my mother describing her life when the Japanese invaded Indonesia. I cam across this website while searching for Flohr relatives in Holland
Rose Flohr
13:45 19-03-2013
Mooi dat je dit hebt opgeschreven. Hij heeft het mij nooit willen vertellen. Er is vandaag een stille tocht in Den Haag inzake de Indische KwestieStichting Indisch Platform
Kan er helaas niet bij zijn. Brouwer von Gonzenbach is ook familie, we hadden altijd contct met de tak uit Groningen.
18:45 11-03-2013
Tetske T van der Wal
My father also was with the KNIL stationed in Bandoeng. Cavalry. We lived in Bandoeng when the war broke out. My father was send to Burma to work on the infamous railroad. He did not make it. He was buried on the side of the railway, but his remains were transferred after the war to Kanchanaburi.My mother and I her sister and two children were in internment camps in Moentilan and Banjoebiroe 10. My mother never fully recovered from the atrocities she received from the Japanese military.I wrote a book. "I Thought You Should Know",thank you for sharing your story. I also have been to Arnhem to visit the monuments. My father's name is engraved on the wall. Klaas van der Wal.Thanks again for sharing this story.
Tetske T. van der Wal
12:57 08-02-2013
F. Kastanja
Dear Mr. Lindeman.

The story of our fathers or grandfathers, mother or grandmothers are one of many thousands that remain from the bitter period of '42 - '45 and the tumultuous period of '46 - '50 and for New Guinea the early 60's. Unlike the story of war survivors in Western Europe, for the war survivors of Eastern Asia there was no space for them to share their story.. I always indicate this group as the group that never tells, due to the horrific experiences with the Japanese, due to their pride, due to the fact that none had an ear for their stories. Nothing could have beaten Auswitsch, Camp Vught of Westerbork..right?
Even to this day Japan continues to deny the atrocities they have committed in Nanking, China, Indonesia and the Pacific. The abuses that our ancestors have experienced, followed their way trough their own children and in their own family, therefore it can be stated that we all are abused by the Japanese, even you and I. Ofcourse.. war is something mankind hasn't gotten rid of.. or maybe its mankinds darker side, that we always carry with us.

However I stumbled upon your site doing some research of my own grandfather. Also I have been to Bronbeek, the library of Bronbeek has numerous books and documents to look into. I came upon my search after I found the Internment cards on after which I went to look in the KNIL archives where I found a considerable amount of documents about my grandfather. It turns out that the place where to look for is the 'Stichting Administratie Indonesische Pensioenen'. I should have known.. The best registering country in the world if it comes to money.. is.. The Netherlands. Thanks for your site, it is very Impressive to read.. good luck. With kind regards. F. Kastanja
16:02 18-12-2012
Sr Angela Lombard
Dear Mr Lindeman, My great uncle was captured by the Japanese from the Empress of Australia ship which was in a convoy during WW 2. He was a POW at Tanjony Priock POW camp Java in 1942. As far as I know he was a POW for at least 4 years. He was transported to Fukioku camp thereafter. He worked in the salt mines during his captivity. His name was William Henry Hollins, and was from Cheshire in England. His sister was my grandmother, Doris Hollins, who was a Paediatric Nursing Sister. I knew him as "Uncle Billy" when he was referred to by family. Is there any chance that you possibly knew him at all? I am taking a shot in the dark here, but he was a dear gentleman and it would mean a lot if I could communicate with you, especially on behalf of my 80 year old mother who has such fond memories of him. She often speaks of him, especially of late. Thank you so much for reading my e-mail and I do hope that I hear from you. I am a nursing practitioner of 28 years and have worked with war victims in the past and having had family who were POW's has given me a different understanding. Bless you, and look forward to your reply. With kind regards, Sister Angela Patricia Sefton Lord Lombard.
13:02 23-09-2012
Robert A. Mente
By chance during research I found your WEB, I am the son of former KNIL and Japanese POW in Japan, Karel Johan Mente; his father H.W. Mente was Captain in the KNIL and held as POW in Papau NG area - but I dont know exactly where. As for my father, I have found his name in the POW Fukukoa Camp # 8. As a small boy I heard a lot war stories......and thanks to the internet, more and more information can be found. Perhaps through yours and many other WEB sites, we can share information from the WWII generation. My father became a KNIL soldier in 1938. Please contact me via email if you willing to share information. I retired from the U.S. Army. Many thanks.
16:31 31-07-2012
Marc Leenheer
Beste mr Lindeman,

Ik ben de kleinzoon van Jacobus van de Zande. Een marineman die net als uw vader vanaf de HBS te soerabaja naar Japan getransporteed is en in kamp Fukuoka-6 tercht kwam.

Eergisteren bezocht ik uw site en heb vervolgens tot 03:00 uur liggen malen. Door de foto's kregen de verhalen van mijn grootvader er nu namelijk ook beelden bij. Ik was bijna in staat om met een vergrootglas de foto's af te speuren naar een glimp van m'n grootvader.

Uw vader en mijn grootvader moeten elkaar wel gekent hebben...
Helaas is mijn grootvader in 2002 overleden.

Het verhaal van uw site heeft mij geholpen om bepaalde verhalen beter te begrijpen, te plaatsen en vooral in te beelden.

Heel erg bedankt!!!

Met vriendelijke groet,
Marc Leenheer
13:05 15-04-2012
Erik Dekkers
Dear Ron , Thank you for your story . I have written and rewritten our story and hopefully will now have it in abook form soon. I was searching all the sites for your mother's name , which I am sure you would have done . But I did find our fathers name again in the site "Kampen in Japan". Also found my fathers name Cornelis Dekkers , Camp 17. He survived and also was on the Implacable . My mother and I were caught up in the Womens Camp. Spent the time in Tjideng , survived despite the camp commander , Captain Sonei cruel administration. We all survived and were re united in Balikpapan where fathere was again in the KNIL uniform . We lived in tents just up from the beach . Malaria was a problem for my mother , weakened by the years in the Camp . My little sister was born there named Marijke before we knew about Princess Marijke , 18th Feb 1947 . We were allowed to go back to Holland , on the Volendam. After about a year we went back to Indonesia , Makasar. 1950 Soekarno did not want us any more , and we managed to get to Australia . I managed to get a lot of Info from my father to allow me to write our story down. It does not get any easier , especially with information on the net so accesible. Even found the register of Tjideng camp , with our names on it . The map of the camp , "where we lived " in a smallish cottage with about 70 other women and children . Went back there years ago and found the spot where I was sitting in the dirt playing and watched a native running for his life being shot at , and through the bamboe perrimiter fence . Good to find your web site , Cheers Erik
03:51 10-02-2012
Joan Duncklee
I found you're story very interesting. My father too was in the Dutch KNIL 1940 until he retired from the Dutch military in 1960. He past away 5 yrs. ago at the age of 86. He did talk once in awhile about his time as a Japanese prisoner during the 2nd world war. He mentioned the atrocities, the lack of food, beatings. Working in the mines and on the bridge. Since his passing I've been reading up about the Japanese
prison camps. My fathers history in the Dutch Army. Yours is the first web page that I've found and I could relate too. thank you, I enjoyed your story. Joan
00:40 17-01-2012
Han Dehne
Een waarlijk indrukwekkende site met het deel over je vader. Mijn waardering daarvoor. Het was alsof ik het verhaal van mijn schoonvader zat te lezen die eveneens in Fukoaka 6 heeft verbleven om in de mijnen te werken. Hij zat ook bij het KNIL. Mijn vrouw en schoonzus hebben nooit en te nimmer een verhaal uit die periode van hem kunnen krijgen, terwijl hij vol traumata zat. Hij is nu zo'n 3 jaar geleden op kerstavond overleden op 92 jarige leeftijd. Zijn naam is Anton Alfons Stolze.
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