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Nov. 10: One’s heroes are others’ villains

  • Aboeprijadi Santoso

Amsterdam | Wed, November 15 2017 | 01:02 am

PREMIUM Nov. 10 is Heroes’ Day and will remain so. For some, however, the days surrounding that date in 1945 are a nightmare. What made them such a horror was the Bersiap — the violent attacks of Indonesian independent guerilla fighters killing hundreds of allegedly pro-Dutch Indo-Europeans, Chinese, Ambonese and Manadonese.

Bersiap was the word used by the Japanese-trained militia, the PETA, ...