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15 October 2014
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anak-bandung
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I am of Dutch descent and was born in 1942 in Kare-es, an interneecamp in Bandung on Java, in Indonesia, then the Dutch Indies. Hence my nickname 'anak bandung', i.e. 'child from Bandung'.
Later, my mother, Nel Halberstadt-Elfring, and I were put on transport to camp Kota Paris near what is now Bogor, and finally were sent to the work camp Kampong Makassar near Batavia (now Jakarta).
We were repatriated late December 1945 and arrived in Holland in January 1946. I grew up and lived there until I met my British husband in 1966. We married, had two daughters and settled down in Hertfordshire, where we still live.
Only recently I have come across my mother's memories, which include her war experiences. I was too young to remember any of it myself.
I am glad to have the opportunity to share these now with others, as I believe that the suffering of the women internees by the hands of the Japanese during WWII has been mainly ignored in the Netherlands as well as in Britain.
The frequent, and ignorant comment was: 'well, at least you were nice and warm there, so it can't have been that bad. We, however....'This was then followed by how bad it had been for them.
Well, no comment!
Now finally this opportunity has arisen to tell her story, people will hopefully be prepared to listen and understand.
This is going to be Nel's story and in essence it is mine too

anak-bandung added messages to the following stories

Anak Bandung!!
Flowers on the grave
old hunting grounds
From one anak Bandung to another!
bread after the liberation
Ah! Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet!
Ah! Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet!
From one anak Bandung to another!
Another brave mother
Arthur's story
Hands-on nursing
From one anak Bandung to another!
child evacuations
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
Nursing
Your Mum's Stories
From one anak Bandung to another!
Elizabeth's story
Elizabeth's story
More Nursing
No Subject
Elizabeth's story
From one anak Bandung to another!
From one anak Bandung to another!
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Campo Makasur through the sewers
A2911394 - I became a number
A2911394 - I became a number
A2911394 - I became a number
A2911394 - I became a number
Kampong Makassar
Forgotten Day.
Thought provoking
Forgotten Day.
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
War seen from the other side
Then, here and now
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Campo Makasur through the sewers
poem
snapshots
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
re from here...to there
Dance
The past is the present
Past & Present Touching
Touching past and present.
Touching past and present.
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Auschwitz and the prince.
Thought provoking
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Campo Makasur through the sewers
From here to there, number 3
' From Here to...There"#3
Rangitata
Internment camps Java
Internment camps Java
Campo Makasur through the sewers
Troopship
Troopship
denouement
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Kampong Makassar through the sewers
Past & Present Touching
Last Chapter
Hear, hear!!!
People I would like to meet
Did anyone know or care
Did anyone know or care
Last Chapter

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