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Labour Camp in Laha

Town: Laha
District: Ambon
Region: Moluccas
Location: Laha is on Ambon Bay, west of - across the bay - Ambon-city.
From 20 July 1944 to 07 October 1944 this location served as a prisoner of war camp >>
Internees: prisoners of war
Number of internees: 240
Number of deceased: 1
Information: In July 1944, a provisional camp was built in Laha to hold prisoners of war being brought back to Java after being put to work in the Moluccas. The prisoners of war were held in kampong houses, surrounded by barbed wire. Due to Allied bombardment of Ambon City and intensive actions against Japanese shipping traffic, the last groups could not embark until September and October 1944.In these transports many prisoners of war lost their lives. Some of them ran aground in Raha on the island of Moena (southeast Celebes).
Guards: Koreans
Camp leaders: lt. A.P. de Haan; lt. P.J. Platteel
Literature: Audus, L.J., Spice Island slaves. A history of Japanse prisoner of war camps in Eastern Indonesia, May 1943-August 1945 (Ham 1996)
Veenstra, J.H.W. e.a., Als krijgsgevangene naar de Molukken en Flores. Relaas van een Japans transport van Nederlandse en Engelse militairen 1943-1945 ('s-Gravenhage 1982)