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Jakarta Post

Fascism in Indonesia, no big deal?

  • Aboeprijadi Santoso


Jakarta   /   Sun, July 20 2008   /  10:38 am

"Did the Nazi Party and its supporters give Indonesian nationalists a chance to accelerate the process toward independence? Or did they have to cooperate with the colonial power to evict the Nazi Party and its supporters, thinking fascism was far more dangerous than colonialism?" This quote comes from the back cover of historian Wilson's new book Orang dan Partai Nazi di Indonesia: Kaum Pergerakan Menyambut Fasisme (The Nazi Party and its supporters in Indonesia: How Indonesia's national movements welcomed fascism), Komunitas Bambu, Jakarta, 2008). It reflects the dilemma the independence movements faced from the 1920s until independence. Wilson has done a great service by describing fascist ideas and movements as part of this nation's past, a little-known subject that turns out to be part and parcel of our struggle toward independence. How did it come ab...