The Web portal ‘Dutch East indies at War’ was officially launched on Monday, 17 May 2010 It was presented during its official celebration at Felix Meritis (European Centre for Arts, Culture and Science) on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. The portal ‘Dutch East Indies at War’ is an information port folio put together by various heritage institutions on World War II and its aftermath in the former Dutch colony.
One of the partners of this project is PACE (Papua heritage Foundation).PACE has now been in existence since September 2001, digitizing and giving access to Papua heritage information of : artifacts, documents, books. films, photos, maps and stories. PACE has made a range of contributions to the recently created Papua Portal such as: theme pages around particular events, photos, films and personal stories.
Yvonne van Genugten, the director of Bronbeek East Indies Historical Centre (IHCB), informed guests about the ins and outs of the new facility during the opening ceremony and gave the official go-ahead for www.indieinoorlog.nl. This website provides information from 1900 onwards, but the key focus is on World War II and its aftermath (1940 -1949). The information was put together by a number of heritage institutions but IHCB manages the current site. The search function gives access to collections at various institutions such as museums, libraries, and archives and as a result it provides a wide range of data. A unique feature of the site is that it gives direct access to the collections of the various contributing partners and one does not have to go to log on separately for each and every available collection.
Information via timeline
The timeline gives information about specific events such as the Mutiny of the Seven Provinces in 1933, torpedoing of the Junyo Maru in September 1944, the establishment of the Republik Maluku Selatan on 25 April 1950 and the transfer of New Guinea to a temporary UN administration on 1 October 1962. Maps for different periods, give the geographical context. On these maps you can find war-related locations such as Japanese concentration camps, Republican camps and war memorials on Biak. Documents as well as photographs, drawings, objects, historical maps and teaching packages are available through the web portal. Because of its comprehensive nature, the web portal is very suitable for teaching and research and it included a section devoted to using it for educational purposes.
Special travel guide
One of the guest speakers was Researcher Esther Captain for the universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, presented a travel guide on War location in Indonesia between 1942-1949( www.reisgidsindonesie.com). She explained that this travel guide takes today’s traveler through WWII war sites in Indonesia up until the handover that made it independent . She also talked about return journeys to ‘tricky’ war locations in Indonesia, visits to which remain politically sensitive. The special travel guide and accompanying website has been developed by Open Kaart Publishers. Visitors to the website are able to contribute new and altered information. The first copy issued was presented to the popular singer Dinand Woesthoff of the group Kane, who is part Indonesian.
Dutch East Indies war camps
The website www.indischekamparchiven.nl with information about Japanese concentration and prisoner of war camps, was also being launched at the opening ceremony of the new web portal ‘Dutch East Indies at War’. This website , made by KITLV* and KIT**, provides information about the various concentration camps during and shortly after the Japanese occupation (1941-1948). Researcher Mariëte van Selm spoke on behalf of the NIOD (Dutch Institute for the Documentation of War) about ‘Indische kampen in word en beeld’, an item which includes visual images on Japanese internment camps.
The presentations were followed by an Indonesian High tea and a chance to scout around the information market about a wide range of Dutch East Indies projects, including the ones presented during the official opening. All these projects receive financial support from the Ministry of Health, Well-being and Sport (VWS).
The web portal has been made possible through the co-operation of a number of heritage institutions and foundations:
- het Geheugen van Nederland
- het Nederlands Rode Kruis (Red Cross)
- het Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
- het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (KITLV)
- het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT)
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek
- het Leger (war) museum
- het Museon
- Museum Bronbeek
- Museum Maluku
- Nationaal Archief (Archives)
- Nederlands Fotomuseum,
- Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
- Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie
- Universiteit Leiden
- PACE (Papua Heritage Foundation)
- Stichting Pelita
The present goals are to continually upgrade the website, as well as extend the collections and network of participating partners.
Overview of relevant websites
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