I am Carmen Emanuels, a 92 years old Dutch survivor of multiple Japanese-run internment camps during their occupation of the Dutch Indies in WWII. AMA!
Grandson: "Grandma is sitting right next to me and is ready to answer (almost) any question about her while I do the typing (Proof). Her memories are very special and by remembering we can commemorate her relatives and other victims of the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies."
I was born on the 23th of august 1924 on the Dutch island of Saba. My father was a Surinamese government physician. I had one younger brother born on St Martin. Here is a picture of my parents and I during our stay on Saba. This is me in the Dutch Indies.
Because my father worked as a medical doctor in the tropics, we never stayed anywhere for long. When I was two, we lived for a half year in Paramaribo, Surinam. Then we stayed in Leiden, the Netherlands. Then to Aceh, in the Dutch Indies (first Kota Radja, then Lho Soekon, then finally in Lokop). Then we then went to Batavia. Then we stayed in Switzerland and the Netherlands for a couple of months and went back to the Dutch Indies to Tjimahi, near Bandung.
In 1941, the Netherlands declared war on Japan. The Dutch capitulated in march 1942 to the invading Japan. My brother was arrested in the night and my father was also taken away. Me and my mother were put on a transport and ended in internment camp Tjihapit in Bandung until 1944, when we were placed in camp ADEK. Then we were sent to a camp near Tangerang for three months before we were sent back to ADEK until the Allied liberation.
After the events my family went to Tjimahi where my father worked in a plundered hospital. We migrated to the Netherlands by boat. This is me in Ataka, Egypt in 1946 on our way. I was determined to stay independent and studied dentistry. Me and my husband ran a dental office in Tilburg for 41 years and raised 6 children.
See every photo and some more here.
Grandson: "Please be respectful to Carmen. We will do our best to answer your questions accordingly."
We will begin answering questions by 17:10 GMT.
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Grandson: My grandmother is tired and we will stop answering questions now. We had a lot of fun and will try to answer some interesting questions in the following days. Thank you very much for your time. It was a special experience for us.
Grandson: Update (22-2-2017, 16:14 GMT) Wow! Carmen and I are astonished by the amount of positive attention this AMA has generated. We will try to answer more of your questions this friday at 15:00 GMT.
Grandson: I want to thank all of you for your responses. The AMA was an adventure for me and my grandma. We have had a wonderful time and I've learned more about Carmen in a few days than I did in my entire life. Feel free to send me a private message if you really want your message to come through. Until next time, goodbye!