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Small Prison in Sragen

Town: Sragen
District: Central Java
Region: Java
Location: Sragen is situated to the northwest of Soerakarta (Central Java). The little prison was on Grote Postweg in Sragen’s city center.
From 14 October 1945 to 07 November 1946 this location served as a republican camp >>
Internees: men
Number of internees: 80
Number of deceased: None
Information: In October 1945, boys and men from Sragen and surroundings were taken into the prison for those serving short sentences in Sragen. They stayed in four overcrowded cells and had very little space in which to lie down. There was insufficient food: twice a day they were given six tablespoons of rice and a small amount of vegetables. There was enough drinking water. During the five or ten minutes per day which they could spend outside, they were able to wash themselves at a well. In the corner of each cell, a barrel served as a toilet; these were emptied daily. The internees possessed only the clothes they wore. Dysentery broke out, but there was very little medical care available. There was no contact with family. The guards were hostile, but they did not abuse the internees. At the end of January 1946, the men and boys were taken to Camp Langenhardjo in Soerakarta.