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The Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies, 1942-1949: Survivors' Accounts of Japanese Invasion and Enslavement of Europeans and the Revolution That Created Free Indonesia by [Krancher, Jan A.]
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"reading these pages is a journey that leaves an indelible impression as well as an understanding of the importance of this relatively small piece of history"--Internee Affairs

About the Author

Krancher survived the Indonesian independence movement and was repatriated to the Netherlands in 1956.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2233 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (21 Aug. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3QDERO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Dad, (as European born and bred Dutch East Indies, and who had spent World War II firstly in a ghetto with the women and then in an adult male camp), raved about it. He thought I had struck gold in buying it. I thought it was OK. So it is five stars on behalf of my Dad, and three from me, making it an average of four stars. The description on the front cover is, I think, somewhat misleading because inside it is really about experiences individual Dutch civilian internees had under the Japanese. It is a selection of short stories.
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My father's family was incarcerated in a variety of camps as POWs of the Japanese. The subject was never discussed and as the next generation, I want to know what happened. This book helped enormously in that respect. Other books tend to be just one person's view point, which, if they were not in the same camp, or underwent the same experiences as those you are thinking about while reading, seem quite distant, but because this is essentially a series of articles, it seems somehow more relevant. Recommended reading for anyone who's family suffered in the Japanese POW camps, and who wants to know more.
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This is history they didn't teach us in school! Jan Krancher has compiled 24 personal accounts from survivors of a brutal -and nearly forgotten- episode of World War II: the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies and imprisonment of thousands of its people. This 3 1/2 year occupation was immediately followed by a bloody revolution and the creation of modern Indonesia.
These deeply moving stories, from civilian internees (including children) and military POW's, give the English-speaking reader a glimpse of what has been called the "other Holocaust", the brutalities of the Pacific War. You won't forget them.
If you liked the film "Paradise Road", you won't want to miss this book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e5e906c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x8eef6030) out of 5 stars Family History 13 Mar. 2007
By J. Huster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My family is Indo (Dutch-Indonesian), and our family history has been oral. It was difficult to relay their story to American friends who had never heard of any atrocities of the second World War other than the holocaust. As it's noted in the book, "It is unconcionable to allow future generations to forget what happend in the Indies, just as it is folly to turn our backs on the holocaust in Europe."

Memory fades fast, and it's good that this history is written down to be remembered. I'm involved with some contemporary Dutch organizations, but I look different by my dusky skin, and sometimes I think that this book explains to the "whiter" Dutch what I am, and where I came from. Forgotten or not, I'm part of their culture.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I've read enough about the American internment camps that the Japanese-Americans were held, and while there is a great deal of sympathy towards them in the United States, what the Japanese did to the Dutch and Dutch-Indonesians shouldn't be forgotten either. I sometimes wonder if it isn't known as much in the US because it didn't take place in Europe.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eef6084) out of 5 stars Voices from a forgotten history 1 Mar. 1999
By hermit@whidbey.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
This is history they didn't teach us in school! Jan Krancher has compiled 24 personal accounts from survivors of a brutal -and nearly forgotten- episode of World War II: the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies and imprisonment of thousands of its people. This 3 1/2 year occupation was immediately followed by a bloody revolution and the creation of modern Indonesia.
These deeply moving stories, from civilian internees (including children) and military POW's, give the English-speaking reader a glimpse of what has been called the "other Holocaust", the brutalities of the Pacific War. You won't forget them.
If you liked the film "Paradise Road", you won't want to miss this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e9445ac) out of 5 stars Mary Michael/USA 20 April 2007
By Mary Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This historical book provides individual, personal in depth true accounts of the Dutch and Dutch-Indo's plight during and immediatiately following Japanese invasion and internment in the former Dutch East Indies during World War II. A truly inspiring book of courage and fortitude that gives the reader an opportunity to acquire an understanding of this turbulent period of time in the Pacific theater of war. An excellent and informative read of stories that need to be told.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eef630c) out of 5 stars A thorough document, full of vivid details 22 Mar. 2006
By Reid Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book consists of eyewitness accounts of various people, mostly Dutch nationals or Dutch colonists, who were caught up in seven long years of war -- beginning with the Japanese conquest of Indonesia (then known as the Dutch East Indies), the Second World War and the subsequent revolution by Soekarno and Hatta, Indonesian revolutionaries whose drive for independence was given the blessing of the Japanese.

The Dutch received an unfortunate smear -- "Dutch courage" -- as a result of a premature surrender to the Japanese; if what I've read is true, then this smear is undeserved (particularly in light of the British surrender at Singapore). This book should go a long way to rectifying that unearned stigma.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eef654c) out of 5 stars Defining Years of the Dutch East Indies 30 Dec. 2010
By Roy F. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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An informative, sometimes chilling account of the cruelty of Japanese forces that occupied Indonesia during WW II, & the horrors visited on Dutch residents by the Indonesian natives during their subsequent war for independence. The tale is told through anecdotes written by the survivors. A similar book about that place and time, is "Unplanned Odyssey," the first person account of a young Dutch woman who lived through WW II as an escapee from the Japanese prison camps in Indonesia, then went to Japan post-WW II, & ultimately settled in the U.S.
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