Johan was born in 1907 in Solo (Soerakarta) and Conny was born in 1914 in Banda Aceh, Northern Sumatra. Most of their early years were spent in the West and Central parts of the island of Java, the stronghold of the Dutch occupancy. In 1941, my parents were married in Batavia, now known as Central Jakarta.
Johan was in a Japanese Interment camp throughout WWII (1942-45) and soon before WWII was over, Indonesia reclaimed their independence from The Netherlands.
My sister Joyce was born in Bandung. As the drive for Indonesian independence and the violence increased toward the former occupiers, the family had to flee for refugee back to The Netherlands in 1950.
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