Dieter van der Schilden abouthis family in the Dutch East Indies
Wedding picture 1934
My father as a "gentleman horseman"
Christmas card received by my mother in 1965 from
Admiral Naokuni Nomura
Birthcertificate from mother
Gertrud Hedwig Suzanne Hennig
With the dog cart in the Haarlemmermeer
1st picture: Admiraal
Birth registration of my father
Teunis van der Schilden 1897
Passengerlist from the m.s Baloeran
Me boxing against Dutch champion
Heinrich (Hennie) Quentemeijer in 1938
We were expelled from our home on March 17th 1942
Newspaper article on the child labour of the Tjimahi camp
Book by Franziska Koblitz
My birth certificate in Soerabaja with the year 2595 this because the Japanese wanted to eliminate all European influences.
My birth announcement above and that of my brother below
On the left, the chapel we were kept. When the diseases broke out, the Japanese hermetically sealed the chapel. Then we could no longer go to the soup kitchen and the giant cooking pans could not come to us. Result: no food for a few days. To the right the place where we had to go to watch women being punished. Sometimes we stood there until late into the night.
Javanese revolutionary fighters for independence (Pemudas). They are armed with bamboo-roentjing (pointed) bamboo spears, machettes (machetes) and some rifles from the Japanese (1946).
(source wikipedia Bersiap).
Typical spear "Bamboo Runcing" used by the Pemudas during the Bersiap era (source Wikipedia.nl Bersiap).
Hospital ship the M.S. Oranje
Algemeen Dagblad of 30 August 1947
Royal Decoration awarded to my father
Bamboo and barbed wire fence around the camp
One day later, on September 8th 1946, we left the port of Fremantle on our way to the Netherlands. We sailed with the s.s. Volendam of the Holland America Line, which had already left Sydney on September 4th with its final destination of Rotterdam. This ship was still equipped as a troop ship. Only 11 years old I had to sleep in the hold on 4 meter high bunk beds while my mother and my little brother had to share a cabin with 6 other ladies. Regularly I went to sleep with my pillow on the steel deck, which was fine up until we were hit the Mediterranean Sea. I can still remember the stench of the downstairs sleeping area in the hold. We arrived in the port of Rotterdam on October 3rd 1946.
On July 15th 1947 he retired to the Netherlands and made the crossing with the m.s Utrecht. The ship arrived in the port of Rotterdam on August 9th 1947. After his return in the Netherlands he received the royal decoration and was appointed officer in the Order of Orange Nassau.
In the Netherlands, mother was treated by an Austrian doctor for a long time and was able to enjoy the rest of her life.
At the end of 1949, the state university in Leiden, which at that time included all the state museums in Leiden, the Observatory, the Kamerling Onnes Laboratiorium and the University Hospital, was desperately looking for an administrator who could deal well with the Court of Audit in the Netherlands. The university approached my father and in November 1949 he joined the university and retired for the second time 13 years later. A newspaper on his farewell stated that his administration had not been a routine job, but required that he sailed with a wise policy without too much conflict between government regulations and university interests.
Tony Leland, where my mother had lived a few years before and whose wife was her best friend, turned out to be an adjutant of British general Wavell, who was given supreme command by the Allied forces in Asia, after the attack on Pearl Harbour. As the Japanese approached the East Indies, they escorted General Wavell to Ceylon.
Leland worked there for the British intelligence service and his wife Judy for the Dutch intelligence service. They both spoke excellent Dutch. In October 1945 Tony Leland came with the English troops to Surabaya where he helped many Dutch people who had fallen into distress during the siege.
Cuff that I had to wear in order to get free passage to the gates of the camp
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