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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

My Uncle

My Uncle

This is my great uncle probably in the 1930's, shortly before he left the Netherlands to move to the Dutch Indies. During the war he was kept in a Japanese camp and suffered greatly.

He was a pow and may have worked on the Burma railroad like my other greatuncle. He survived the war by some sort of miracle and so did his wife. They returned to the house they had built and lived in for years.

Indonesian nationalists came, my uncle came outside to see what they wanted. They shot the dog and then my uncle. As my uncle lay dying the Indonesian Nationalists wouldn't allow my aunt to go outside and help him or at least be with him as he died.

Uncle

What is the name of your uncle? Do you know where he lived in Holland

Dashing!

Painfully sad story, though...

Fantastic photo!

That is a very sad story!!! :( But your uncle was a very handsome man!! Very wonderful photo! Thanks for sharing it!

 
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