Voor Altijd
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Voor Altijd

Voor altijd (Forever) is a short documentary about descendants of people of Dutch former colonies. It was released two days ago. In this documentary there are one Indisch/Indo, one Indonesian, one Moluccan and one Javanese from Suriname. To understand it better, here is a brief  information about the history background of all four persons who … Continue reading

Zwarte Hollanders
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Zwarte Hollanders

Did you know that The Netherlands recruited 3000 men in Elmina (now Ghana) in the 19th century and shipped them to Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)?  These African soldiers lived in Java and Sumatra. They started a family with local women. Their offspring is called Zwarte Hollanders, Black Dutchies or Londo Ireng in Javanese. Today … Continue reading

Kerusuhan di Saparua
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Kerusuhan di Saparua

16 Mei 1817 Ratusan orang di bawah pimpinan Pattimura menyerbu benteng Duurstede di pulau Saparua. Residen Maluku Van den Bergh dan keluarganya bersembunyi disitu mencari perlindungan karena situasi yang memanas. Massa membunuh keluarga Van den Bergh (istrinya yang hamil 6 bulan dan dua anaknya serta pembantu dari Jawa). Anak bungsu Van den Bergh yang berumur … Continue reading

Indië herdenking
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Indië herdenking

15 August 1945 marked the end of World War II in Asia. Japanese emperor Hirohito officially issued a capitulation declaration. This date is the day of Indië herdenking or Indies memorial in The Netherlands. Dutchies commemorate those who died during the war every year. Why is this called Indies memorial? Because Japan occupied Indies (now … Continue reading