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Boskamp (Forest Camp) in Ambon-Stad

Town: Ambon-Stad
District: Ambon
Region: Moluccas
Location: Ambon-city is on Ambon Island, on the north coast of the southern peninsula of Leitimor, on Ambon Bay.
From 31 January 1942 to 28 February 1942 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: men, women, and children
Number of internees: 500
Number of deceased: 7
Information: On January 31st 1942, approximately 500 civilian men, women, and children sought refuge in a shelter camp of six barracks of bamboo and atap which had been erected by the Dutch authorities in the partially thickly forested Batoegadjah river valley, about a kilometre southeast of the center of Ambon City. A small stone building was put to use as an infirmary. From 5 February the camp continued under Japanese control as an internment camp. At the end of February 1942 the approximately 400 “European” internees were taken to the STOVIL in Ambon City. A group of about 100 Chinese and other non-“European” civilians returned home.
Guards: Native police personnel
Camp leaders: mw. J.C. Valderpoort-Wierts van Coehoorn
Literature: Valkenburg, R., Djoenkeng owari/Het appèl is afgelopen (Dordrecht 1977-2)

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