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‘Murder at Indian Dutch is genocide’

‘Murder at Indian Dutch is genocide’

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The wave of ethnic violence in the Dutch east Indies, which began in 1945, is still wrongly by the Netherlands to the detriment of.

The murder of thousands of (Indies) Dutch in the bersiap period the Netherlands has always left accepted, “while it can best be described as genocide”.

That says, the American historian William H. Frederick in an interview Monday in Faith. He speaks therein of “post-colonial amnesia” of the Dutch authorities.

The 72-year-old historian has, according to the newspaper throughout his scientific career devoted to the history of Indonesia. After the capitulation of Japan murdered Indonesian fighters, thousands of Dutch people who just got out of Japanese internment camps were liberated.

They wanted at all costs to avoid that the colonial authority would be restored, according to Frederick. An article about his research in the British scientific magazine Journal of Genocide Research.

“The Bersiapperiode is without a doubt a black page in the history of Indonesia and the Netherlands,” said Frederick who says no country to know that the murder of so many fellow citizens left has accepted and then forgotten.

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“I see still the tendency among both non-Indonesians as Indonesians to that revolution as more or less innocent, and, at least on a global scale, if not so violent as to consider.”

He calls it “very disappointing” that minister Frans Timmermans (Foreign Affairs) finds that institutions that research into the decolonization of the Dutch Indies want to do, but from their own budget to pay for it. “The real reason is, I think, previously in the diplomatic field,” he says in Trouw.

“I understand that the Indonesian government and not in the mood for a survey, because they are not proud to be on the Bersiap. Dutch diplomats in Jakarta to be nervous of a research, because this is their life more complicated. While such research, of course, hoogstnoodzakelijk.”

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