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Issue: Who is responsible for ‘Bersiap’?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, October 29 2011   /  12:58 pm

Oct. 22, p. 7

In a surprising turn of events, a court in The Hague in September ordered the Dutch government to pay compensation to victims of Rawagede — an area in Karawang, West Java, where men were killed by Dutch brutality during Indonesia’s battle for independence. The court’s verdict was remarkable, as it showed that justice could still be sought even after decades had passed.

The revival of this case brings hope to shedding light on atrocities suffered by Indos (Dutch-Indonesians) during Bersiap, a critical period during Indonesia’s revolution, which has been erased from history books and thus diminished the role of Indos in Indonesian history.

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There were many, many circumstances that led to the atrocities of the Bersiap. Two of my Dutch relatives, teenage girls, were hacked to pieces in Gubeng, East Java, during the night the Sur...