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Reyers Camp in Maoemere

Town: Maoemere
District: Flores
Region: Lesser Soenda Islands
Location: Maoemere is on the north coast of Flores.
From 10 May 1943 to 09 September 1943 this location served as a prisoner of war camp >>
Other name: Maoemere-West
Internees: prisoners of war
Number of internees: 400
Number of deceased: 380 (all of Maoemere)
Information: On April 25th 1943, 2,079 Dutch prisoners of war from Tjimahi left with the Tazima Maru, Tenzio Maru and Koam Maru from Soerabaja bound for Timor. On 9 May they arrived at Maoemere. They were put to work laying the Maoemere-Oost and Waioti airfields and the expansion of Maoemere City, an old Dutch airfield. The prisoners of war were housed in three camps they built themselves. The camps consisted of barracks of bamboo and atap, encircled with barbed wire. The labour camp approximately 3 kilometres west of Maoemere was named after the camp elder captain R. Reyers. The prisoners of war in the Reyers Camp were moved between 22 and 26 May to the Blom Camp, and the barracks left empty were used from 10 June to house sick people from the Wulff Camp. At the beginning of September they were taken to the hospital wing of the Blom Camp.
Commendant: lt. Ashida Shoji; sgt. Aoki Masashiro
Guards: Japanese military personnel, Koreans
Camp leaders: kpt. R. Reyers
Literature: 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)
Jacobs, L., Executie van een dwangarbeid: krijgsgevangen op de Zuid-Molukken en Flores 1976)
Binnerts, C., "Alles is in orde, heeren....!" Een dagboek van het eiland Flores uit het jaar 1943 (Amsterdam 1947)
Jacobs, L., De 2200 van Flores. Kamp 'Y' Maoemere 1943-1944 (Den Haag [ca.1990])