Our Dutch Indies for the Indonesians

Jan Bosdriesz
Time period: 1940-1950
Number of interviews: 42
Accessibility: restricted public
Transcripts: 19 of 42 available
Period of interviews: 1983-1984

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Interviews with Indonesian Dutch, Japanese who played a role during the occupation, officers and other military personnel (British Army, British-Indies Army, Dutch Army, KNIL), Indonesian nationalists and Dutch administration officials.


The interviews focus on events and experiences in the 1940s – 1950s. They mainly discuss Indonesia and the Netherlands. Themes include Indonesian struggle for independence, World War II, Japanese occupation, Westerling’s Coup, transfer of sovereignty, internment, independence, governance vacuum, authority vacuum, Hatta, Soekarno, Van Mook, Spoor, Westerling, federalists, nationalists, diplomatic consultations.


The interviews were conducted for the purpose of Bosdriesz’ (16mm) film Ons Indië voor de Indonesiërs. This film was broadcast as a television series by NOS in 1984. The makers’ aim was to capture the decisive developments in the Indonesian struggle for independence by recording the positions and experiences of the interviewees. The focus was on the period of World War II and the year after.

Ons Indië voor de Indonesiërs
de oorlog, de chaos, de vrijheid

Author: Jan Bosdriesz, Gerard Soeteman, C. van Heekeren, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
ISBN: 9789061354017
Year: 1985

From various perspectives, it describes the disengagement process of the colony of the East Indies. A mixture of experiences and opinions, Japanese, English, Javanese, Dutch, these create a good picture of the historical course of events.