Dutch East Indies in troubled times
COLONIALISM AND WAR .......How did my Dutch grandparents, who met in an orphanage, married 'with the glove' and left for 'Indië' with rising expectations, cope with Depression, Occupation, Japanese Camps, Anarchy and Revolutionary War? Bart Neervoort, successful business man, and André Spoor, colonial administrator, were relatives and close friends. Their wives and daughters spent years together in Japanese camps, whilst their sons were students in the Netherlands under Nazi rule. Partial liberation offered them the chance to join the Dutch colonial army, to help fight the Japs and rebuild their 'homeland.' Japanese capitulation however did not herald peace but dangerous anarchy and another war, of independence, in which André's brother, general Spoor played a major role. Without passing judgement from our easy age, the author tries to understand how these ordinary people coped with extreme historic circumstances.About the author firstname.lastname@example.org Marlies ter Borg-Neervoort is a philosopher and bridge builder. She was born in Indonesia on Christmas Eve 1948 at the height of the Dutch-Indonesian war. It took her 60 years to become aware of the belligerent context of her birth. She is now working with Indonesian scholars to build bridges between Indonesian Muslims and Christians.