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Mulo School in Palembang

Town: Palembang
District: Palembang
Region: Sumatra
Location: Palembang is in East-Sumatra. The Mulo School presumably was on Djalan Kepandian, to the east of the city center.
From March 1942 to June 1944 this location served as a prisoner of war camp >>
Other name: B-kamp
Internees: prisoners of war
Information: The prisoners of war who were collected in Palembang in March 1942 were primarily British and Australian. Among the Dutch were the surviving crew members of the torpedo-boat destroyer Hr. Ms. Evertsen, which was destroyed in February in the Soenda Strait. A number of buildings in Palembang were used to hold the prisoners of war, but after most of the native KNIL military personnel had been set free there were two camps: the Chinese school (A-Camp) and the Muloschool (secondary school, B-Camp). Both school buildings were encircled by a fence and barbed wire. The prisoners were put to work in various locations, for example at the Talangbetoetoe airfield, in the harbor, and in the city constructing air-raid shelters. In March 1944, the prisoners of war from the Muloschool began work on a new replacement central camp on the eastern side of Palembang, at the beginning of the road to Soengeigeroeng.
Commendant: maj. Matsudera
Guards: Japanese military personnel, Koreans

From September 1945 to November 1945 this location served as a relief camp >>
Internees: prisoners of war
Information: In the last months of 1945, in the Muloschool (secondary school) ex-prisoners of war were taken in who had been put to work on the Pakanbaroe railway line.
Literature: Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Advocaat-soldaat: oorlogsherinneringen (Amsterdam 1999)
Boissevain, G. en L. van Empel, Vrouwenkamp op Java. Herinneringen van Gon Boissevain en Lennie van Empel (Amsterdam 1991-2)