Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950 is a joint research programme of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) and the NIOD, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
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On behalf of the Maluku4Maluku foundation, establised in 2018 to defend the interests of Moluccan soldiers and veterans, chairman Leo Reawaruw recently wrote an Open Letter to the research programme. In this letter he objects to the fact that Maluku4Maluku is not represented in the Social Resonance Group of the research programme. Reawaruw's Open Letter and the answer on behalf of the program management can be read below.
Early this year Bauke Geersing, author of Kapitein Raymond Westerling en de Zuid-Celebes-affaire (1946-1947) which was published in November 2019, addressed an Open Letter to NIOD-director Frank van Vree. In this letter he criticizes the intent of the programme website and accuses the research of being biased. Geersing’ s Open Letter and Van Vree' s response on behalf of the program management, can be read below.
Last Saturday, November 2, the third public meeting of the research program took place in collaboration with the National Archives in The Hague: Research in progress. Behind the scenes of the research programme Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950. Freelance journalist Tessa Hofland wrote a report on the public seminar.
Last Saturday, November 2, the third public meeting of the research program took place in collaboration with the National Archives in The Hague. NIOD director Frank van Vree (in the morning) and program leader Mariëtte Wolf (in the afternoon) gave an introduction. The text can be read below.
Over the past weeks, researcher Remco Raben travelled through parts of East Java, in an explorative search for local voices from the revolutionary period of Indonesia. He shares some of his experiences in this blog.