In search of the past
Thousands of people have ties with Indonesia in one way or another. Many of them were born in Indonesia, their parents or their grandparents. For these people who are looking for the places of their family’s history, we can arrange tailor made tours.
We have guests who write a story about their grandfather who set up a leper colony in the Batak lands, other grandfathers were civil servants, planters, or served for the military. Many worked in companies, trading firms, railroads or plantations.
Did you know that Royal Shell started their first oil well on Sumatra? People in search for places of their youth or of their ancestors, old plantations, schools they went to, houses they lived in or, in case of the Japanese occupation, prisons and camps they were put in. We have guests who are in search of the Pekan Baru railroad – unknown to most people unlike the Birma railroad – and practically forgotten. All over Indonesia the Japanese constructed civil internee camps (Japanese burger internerings-kampen), but where are the locations of Pulau Berayan, Glugur, the Brastagi-camp, Aek Pamienke, Bangkinang and Sirengo-rengo? Who knows about the Junyo Maru, the Atjeh party and Oliemans’ mess tin?
For all these people who are in search of events of days gone by, we set up tailor made tours in which we include their special wishes.
Dulm J.van, and others Geïllustreerde Atlas van de Japanse Kampen in Nederlands-Indië 1942 – 1945. Dulm J. van, Krijgsveld W.J., Legemaate H.J., Liesker H.A.M., Weijers G. Asia Major, Purmerend 2000
Heekeren, C. van en 100 anderen Het Pannetje van Oliemans. (Oliemans’s mess tin) 500 krijgs-gevangenen onder de Japanners. Zuid-Atjeh, 1944 Bert Bakker / Daamen n.v./ Den Haag, 1966
Hovinga, H. The Sumatra Railroad. Final Destination Pakan Baroe, 1943-1945 KITLV Press, Leiden 2010.