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Indonesia Merdeka!

Time period: 1930-1950
Number of interviews: 5
Accessibility: restricted public
Transcripts: no
Period of interviews: 1976

The collection cannot be found as such in the archive.
The collection is registered in an old inaccessible system. Full migration has not yet taken place. Requests for use for research purposes can be sent to Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision:


The interviews were conducted for the benefit of the three-hour documentary film Indonesia Merdeka!, which Kiers made for VPRO in 1976. The interviewees talk about the developments of the struggle for independence in Indonesia before, during and after World War II until the transfer of sovereignty by the Netherlands on 27 December 1949. The documentary was first broadcast on 1 December 1976.


The interviews focus on events and experiences in the years 1910 – 1950.
They mainly discuss Indonesia and the Netherlands. Themes include World War II, struggle for independence, transfer of sovereignty, colonialism, decolonisation.



  • R. Abdulghani
  • dr. Abu Hanifa
  • mr. Mohammad Hatta
  • A.H. Nasution
  • T.B. Simatupang

VPRO Documentary – Roelof Kiers (1976)

Indonesia Merdeka (1976) | Dutch East Indies/Indonesia Independence struggle


Epic about the struggle that preceded the proclamation of the Republic of Indonesia in 1949. The independence struggle is reconstructed with unique historical material and through memories, fates and anecdotes of prominent eyewitnesses who witnessed the independence struggle.