A project by the research programme  Independence, Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950, the Witnesses & Contemporaries project specifically focuses on collecting the experiences of those involved in the events at the time. This project aims at connecting individuals who were in Indonesia between 1945 and 1950 with the researchers involved in the programme. Sharing personal stories from the period between 1945 and 1950 with the researchers can enhance knowledge of the decolonization of Indonesia.  Read more ›

The Witnesses & Contemporaries project is part of the research programme Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945 - 1950, a joint inquiry carried out by KITLV, NIMH and NIOD

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05-03-2019

Memories exist in all shapes and sizes. This is also true of memories concerning the former Dutch East Indies, today’s Indonesia. They are not only painted in light, sunny tints. Elsbeth Locher-Scholten, a former senior lecturer at Utrecht University who specialises in the history of colonialism and decolonisation, wrote a column for Getuigen & Tijdgenoten (Witnesses & Contemporaries) about colonial violence and colonial memories, partly because of current discussion concerning Kester Freriks’ book Tempo Doeloe, een omhelzing.

Blog
18-02-2019

On 24 January 2019, a network meeting of the Witnesses & Contemporaries project was held in cooperation with Historisch Centrum Overijssel / IJsselacademie. The event was organised to present a website that contains interviews with fifteen veterans from of Overijssel, who fought in the decolonization war. The interviews were conducted by historian Ewout van der Horst. Stephanie Welvaart reports on the afternoon.

Article
19-12-2018

What is the relationship between history and memory? A blog by Eveline Buchheim and Stephanie Welvaart.

Blog
31-10-2018

Maarten Hidskes travelled some 10,000 kilometres across Indonesia to talk about the theme of his book entitled Thuis gelooft niemand mij (Nobody At Home Would Believe Me), which has now also been translated into Bahasa Indonesia. He visited 11 universities, had conversations with eye witnesses and veterans, and spoke with 1200 history and political science students and dozens of lecturers. While right in the middle of his travels, he heard an Indonesian lecturer expressing what his journey was about: “Your project is about sharing and caring.”

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27-02-2018

By Fridus Steijlen
Fridus Steijlen of the Witnesses & Contemporaries project recently visited the Moluccas. He also used this opportunity to record the story of an Indonesian witness. In his blog, Fridus recounts this meeting and tells the story of how Pak Edi had them strike a defiant pose.

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A project by the research programme Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950, the Witnesses & Contemporaries project specifically focuses on collecting the experiences of those involved in the events at the time.