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BAT Factory in Semarang

Town: Semarang
District: Central Java
Region: Java
Location: Semarang is situated on the north coast of Central Java. The British American Tobacco (BAT) factory hall was in the northeast of the city.
From 1945 to 18 November 1945 this location served as a relief camp >>
Internees: men, women, and children
Number of internees: 750
Information: People from the formerly Japanese camps in Ambarawa and Banjoebiroe were assembled in the BAT factory hall to await transport to Batavia or Singapore. On November 18th 1945, the camp needed to be cleared because of attacks by nationalists in the surrounding villages. The evacuees were taken by trucks, protected with mattresses, to the KPM buildings in the Prauwen Harbor.