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Aek Pamienke in Rantauprapat

Town: Rantauprapat
District: Eastcoast of Sumatra
Region: Sumatra
Location: Rantauprapat is approximately 300 kilometres south of Medan (East-Sumatra). The rubber plantation of the NV Asahan Cultuur Maatschappij (NV Asahan Cultivation Company) was approximately 30 kilometres north of Rantauprapat, on the South-Asahan railway line of the Deli Spoorweg Maatschappij (Deli Railway Company).
From 23 August 1945 to 01 November 1945 this location served as a ex-Japanese camp >>
Other name: Aik Pamienke, Aek Paminke, Aek Pamengke
Internees: women and children
Number of internees: 4.700
Information: The Japanese surrender was announced at Aek Pamienke barracks camp on 24 August 1945. In the following days, men from Camp Si Rengorengo could visit their wives and children at Aek Pamienke, 100-120 men per day. After an Allied reconnaissance team under the leadership of Lieutenant C. Sisselaar visited the camp, on Queen’s Day (31 August) there was a drop of cases containing food, medicines, clothing, soap and reading material. On September 4th an Allied commando team from Medan led by Major C.F. Jacobs assessed the situation at the camp. During October, all the ex-internees were taken to Medan; the transports were sometimes held up by riots or because Indonesian trains had priority. Japanese guards made sure that the trains could continue on their way.
Commendant: sgt. Kawakami
Camp leaders: mw. A. (Ria) Eikens-Vervloet; mw. A.E. (Nora) Prins-Röhrborn; mw. M.J. Heijmans-Lancée; mw. H. van Genderen-Spencer Elce
Literature: Visser, A., Een merkwaardige loopbaan (Franeker 1982)
Velde, J.J. van de, Brieven uit Sumatra 1928-1949 (Franeker 1982)
Jacobs, A., Ontwortelden ('s-Gravenhage 1947)
Hovinga, H., Met de dood voor ogen. Overleven in de strijd om Indië (Franeker 2005)

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