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Controller's house in Balige

Town: Balige
District: Tapanoeli
Region: Sumatra
Location: Balige is on the south shore of Lake Toba, approximately 75 kilometres northeast of Sibolga (North-Sumatra). The Controller's house was in Soporoeroeng or 'New Balige', to the west.
From 13 March 1942 to 14 May 1942 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: men, women, and children
Number of deceased: None
Information: The “Europeans” in Balige and a wide surrounding area were interned in the controller’s home in Soporoeroeng between mid-March and mid-May 1942. On May 14th the internees - 80 women and children, 20 men - were taken to the Balige prison. The camp leadership was in the hands of J.J. van de Velde, controller of Balige.
Commendant: kpt. Ono; kpt. Kondo
Guards: Native volunteers
Camp leaders: J.J. van de Velde
Literature: Zwaanswijk, T., Noord-Sumatra in oorlogstijd. Oorspronkelijke dagboeken uit interneringstijd chronologisch samengevoegd (Makkum 1995)
Velde, J.J. van de, Brieven uit Sumatra 1928-1949 (Franeker 1982)