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Si Rengorengo in Rantauprapat

Town: Rantauprapat
District: Eastcoast of Sumatra
Region: Sumatra
Location: Rantauprapat is approximately 300 kilometres south of Medan (East-Sumatra). Approximately 8 kilometres west of Rantauprapat was a mainly uncultivated plantation terrain of the Cultuur Maatschappij Si Ringo Ringo.
From 01 October 1944 to 23 August 1945 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Other name: Si Rengo Rengo, Si Ringo Ringo, Dodenvallei
Internees: men and boys
Number of internees: 2.033
Number of deceased: 120
Information: In October 1944, the interned men and boys from the camps Soengeisengkol, Belawan Estate, Lawesigalagala and the Saint Joseph school in Medan were taken to the new collection camp Si Rengorengo, a barracks camp odf bamboo and atap on boggy ground, in a rubber forest, isolated from the outside world. In December 1944, boys 10 years old and older were also taken there; they had been interned in the women’s camp. In April and May 1945 the men and boys from Soengeisengkol and Belawan Estate who had been put to work in October 1944 in Aek Pamienke were also brought. The circumstances were extremely primitive. Due to the poor hygienic conditions in the camp, there was malaria and dysentery. The food was very bad. In less than a year, almost 120 internees died.
Commendant: lt. Tanaka; lt. Inoue; lt. Ikegami
Guards: Heihos
Camp leaders: W.F. van Bloemendaal; C.J.J. Hogenboom
Literature: Leffelaar, H.L., De Japansche regeering betaalt aan toonder. Een oorlog die niet verdween (Alphen aan den Rijn 1980) Aalst, A. van, "De Congregatie en de oorlog. III. De fraters van Medan", Verleden en heden van de Congregatie der Fraters van Tilburg 1946) p. 3-29
Zwaanswijk, T., Noord-Sumatra in oorlogstijd. Oorspronkelijke dagboeken uit interneringstijd chronologisch samengevoegd (Makkum 1995)
Dijk, F.N.J. van, en T. Zwaanswijk, Noord-Sumatra in oorlogstijd. Oorspronkelijke dagboeken uit interneringstijd chronologisch samengevoegd (Makkum 1997)
Dijk, F.N.J. van, en T. Zwaanswijk, Noord-Sumatra in oorlogstijd. Oorspronkelijke dagboeken uit interneringstijd chronologisch samengevoegd (Makkum 1998)
Kemperman, J. en R.N. Voorneman (red.), Dagboeken geschreven in mannenkamp Sirengorengo (Amsterdam 2003)
Kousbroek, R., Terug naar Negri Pan Erkoms (Amsterdam 1995)
Visser, A., Een merkwaardige loopbaan (Franeker 1982)
Velde, J.J. van de, Brieven uit Sumatra 1928-1949 (Franeker 1982)
Ende, A. van den, Wij logeerden bij de Jappen (Bloemendaal 1969)
Brandt, W. (W.S.B. Klooster), Zwarte moesson (Baarn 1966-3)
Leffelaar, H.L., Leven op rantsoen (Amsterdam 1959)
Leffelaar, H.L., Through a harsh dawn. A boy grows up in a Japanese prison camp (Barre 1963)
Horsman, C., Mag ik nu even? (Amsterdam 1993)
Koperberg, H., Bittere pillen en scherpe pijlen uit de Japanse intereeringskampen te Soengei Sengkol en Si Rengo Rengo, Sumatra 1944 en 1945 [1946])

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From 23 August 1945 to 12 October 1945 this location served as a ex-Japanese camp >>
Other name: Si Rengo Rengo, Si Ringo Ringo
Internees: men and boys
Number of internees: 2.033
Information: The message that the Japanese had surrendered was announced in Camp Si Rengorengo on August 24th 1945. In the following days 100-120 men per day could visit the women’s and children’s camp Aek Pamienke. On August 31st, Queen’s Day, food, medicine, and clothing was dropped. At the beginning of September, Allied commandos led by Lieutenant C. Sisselaar and Major G.F. Jacobs arrived to assess things at the camp. After a wind had destroyed a boys’ barracks and badly damaged several other barracks on 25 September, 200 boys were temporarily housed in a barracks near Rantauprapat (Camp 6). Three temporary coolie houses on the road to Rantauprapat (Camp 7) were made livable for the remaining men and boys.
Camp leaders: W.F. van Bloemendaal; C.J.J. Hogenboom
Literature: Aalst, A. van, "De Congregatie en de oorlog. III. De fraters van Medan", Verleden en heden van de Congregatie der Fraters van Tilburg 1946) p. 3-29
Dijk, F.N.J. van, en T. Zwaanswijk, Noord-Sumatra in oorlogstijd. Oorspronkelijke dagboeken uit interneringstijd chronologisch samengevoegd (Makkum 1998)
Kousbroek, R., Terug naar Negri Pan Erkoms (Amsterdam 1995)
Visser, A., Een merkwaardige loopbaan (Franeker 1982)
Brandt, W. (W.S.B. Klooster), Zwarte moesson (Baarn 1966-3)
Hovinga, H., Met de dood voor ogen. Overleven in de strijd om Indië (Franeker 2005)
Leffelaar, H.L., Leven op rantsoen (Amsterdam 1959)
Leffelaar, H.L., Through a harsh dawn. A boy grows up in a Japanese prison camp (Barre 1963)

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