Flexible yet Strong
just before World War II broke out in Europe, my
father who lived together with his family in the Dutch East IndiŽs,
arrived in Holland, together with my Grandfather, Grandmother and
his brothers and sisters. My Grandfather returned to the Dutch
East IndiŽs earlier then the rest of the family. The rest of
the family planned to return later (as far as I know), however this
never happened, as on the day that the family would board the ship
back to the Dutch East IndiŽs, The War broke out in Holland.
During the 'European leave' period (that my grandfather earned as a
governemental employee at the central office of statistics -CKS- in
a place then known as Weltevreden) lived in The Hague in the Egelantierstraat.
Once back in the Dutch East IndiŽs my Grandfather was made prisoner
and put to work as a prisoner on the Burma railroad project by the
Japanese occupationers, he unfortunately died in a camp as many
others did, and he was buried there on a cemetery of honor.
Father never talked much about his youth, before
his illness back in 1999, we told me some things but it was never in
much detail. however what he told me aroused my curiosity and
interest how he and his family lived in the Dutch East IndiŽs, and
also interest to my ancestral history.
In Juli 2002 I started to begin my ancestral