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Youth Prison Tanahtinggi in Tangerang

Town: Tangerang
District: West Java
Region: Java
Location: Tangerang was approximately 28 kilometres west of Batavia (now Jakarta, West Java).
From September 1943 to March 1944 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: women and children
Number of internees: 1.120
Number of deceased: 8
Information: From September 1943, the youth prison in Tanahtinggi was used for the internment of women and children from all Java. They were housed in cells and halls surrounding courtyards, encircled with barbed wire and gedek. The prison was designed to hold 468 inmates, but the number of women and children in the prison was many times higher. At the end of March 1944 the internees were taken to the Government Reformatory, in Tangerang. The camp at the youth prison was abandoned.
Commendant: mw. Washington
Guards: Native prison personnel
Camp leaders: mw. A.S. de Rijke
Literature: Jackson, D., Nachtmerrie op Java. Het leven in de vrouwenkampen tijdens de Japanse bezetting, 1942-1945 (Baarn 1989)
Jackson, D., Java nightmare. An autobiography (Padstow 1979)
Pos, M., "Eens op Java en Sumatra ..." Het laatste reisboek over ons Indie? in zijn glorietijd (Baarn [ca. 1948])