I am a 83 year old Dutch-Indonesian grandmother that survived an interment camp in Indonesia shortly after WWII and was repatriated to the Netherlands during the Indonesian revolution. AMA!
Grandson here: To give people the oppertunity to ask question about a part of history that isn't much mentioned - asia during WWII - I asked my grandmother if she liked to do an AMA, which she liked very much so! I'll be here to help her out.
I was born in the former Dutch-Indies during the early '30 from a Dutch father and Indo-Dutch mother. A large part of my family was put in Japanese concentration camps during WWII, but due to an administrative error they missed my mother and siblings. However, after the capitulation of Japan at the end of WWII, we were put in an interment camp during the so called 'Bersiap'. After we were set free in July 1946, we migrated to the Netherlands in December of that year. Here I would start my new life. AMA!
EDIT 18:10 UTC+2: Grandson here: my grandmother will take a break for a few hours, because we're going to get some dinner. She's enjoying this AMA very much, so she'll be back in a few hours to answer more of you questions. Feel free to keep asking them!
EDIT 20:40 UTC+2: Grandson here: Back again! To make it clear btw, I'm just sitting beside her and I am only helping her with the occasional translation and navigation through the thread to find questions she can answer. She's doing the typing herself!
EDIT 23:58 UTC+2: Grandson here: We've reached the end of this AMA. I want to thank you all very much for showing so much interest in the matter. My grandmother's been at this all day and she was glad that she was given the oppertunity to answer your questions. She was positively overwhelmed by your massive response; I'm pretty sure she'll read through the thread again tomorrow to answer even more remaining questions. Thanks again and have a good night!