Forgotten by the Fatherland
Yesterday, I received a first copy of the book ‘Vergeten door het Vaderland’ (‘Forgotten by the Fatherland’) by Wilma van der Maten. The book describes the stories of Dutch children and their mothers who were left behind by the Dutch government after Indonesia obtained independence in 1945. Some may say: let the past rest. But the past is never the past. Not for those who were left behind and whose lives were swept away, but nor for the Fatherland that has no choice but to remember and take responsibility for its actions.
Article in Het Parool (in Dutch)
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