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Prison 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).
From 14 May 1942 to 13 December 1942 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Internees: men
Number of deceased: None
Information: The “Europeans” in Balige and a wide surrounding area were were interned in the controller’s home in Soporoeroeng between mid-March and mid-May 1942. On May 14th the internees were taken to the Balige prison. The camp leadership was in the hands of J.J. van de Velde, comptroller of Balige. On June 30th 1942, the 80 women and children were taken to the Hephata colony for the blind, east of Balige. In mid-December the 20 men were taken from the Balige prison to the Unie Kampong camp in Belawan.
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)