Post WWII (1945-1950)

After World War II

August 17, 1945

November 1945

Johan is released as POW.

January 1946

Conny and her mother Anna Minke Herrebrugh were released from the Japanese Civilian camps.


Conny and Johan couldn’t find each other after the war


Reunited, Johan, Conny and her mom Anna Minke moved to Bandung in Central Java. which was also a Dutch stronghold.

The city of Bandung is 2,520 ft above sea level and is surrounded by up to 7,874 ft high volcanic terrain. The central Bandung plain is situated in the middle of the Bandung Basin. The truncated flat-peak shape of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano can be seen from the city. Due to its geological condition, the land is very fertile, the Parahyangan Mountains surrounding Bandung supports productive tea plantations which create a beautiful and tranquil panorama. Due to its elevation, the climate in Bandung is cooler than most Indonesian cities and can be classified as humid; the average temperature is 74.5 °F throughout the year. The average annual rainfall ranges from 39.2 inches in the central and southeast regions to 140 inches in the north of the city. The wet season conforms with other Indonesian regions, around November to April.

The British took over the authority and prepared for the re-establishment of the Dutch
government. A temporary agreement made afterwards resulted in the division of
Bandung into two areas, the north and the south. These segments were separated by the

The Dutch took over the power for three years again.

Continued by the independence war during the period of 1945 – 1950, the city was finally
seriously deteriorated. Many clashes against the return of colonialism took place in
several regions including Bandung. In 1946, a new agreement was reached, which
mentioned that armed people were prohibited to enter the boundaries set up 11 km from
the city centre. Consequently, the Indonesian troops repositioned to the rural hinterland
followed by a rush of the natives. Although in this city the clashes lasted less than half a
year, it brought serious damages to the city. Bandung was even called “Lautan Api” (the
sea of fire) because of the terrible devastation caused by the guerrilla strategy of
sabotages and scorched earth by Indonesian battlers.


Asst. Place Name Cards for Java Camp Group Area(RG 153 Box 7, JAG files) – cards are mixed in with other area camps, contain many names and places relating to deaths, news events, atrocities, etc.


Johan becomes a teacher at the Electrical Technical School in Bandung. Teachers and professors are among the few Dutch Nationalists that remain in Indonesia.

Violence had increased toward the former Dutch occupiers that had remained in the strive for independence.

John is still a photographer for the K.N.I.L. (Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force)

Photo Services Landstrom Sergeant
(Civilian Militia Sergeant)

November 1946
Conny becomes pregnant.

July 1947
Conny gives birth to my sister, Joyce Margeriet in Bandung.


The Netherlands recognizes the Indonesian state.

After the Den Haag Conference in 1949, the Dutch had to leave Indonesia. This conference resulted in a change of Indonesia into a federal country that contained some autonomous states.

The family flees on refugee boat for refuge back to The Netherlands.