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Fort Van den Bosch in Ngawi

Town: Ngawi
District: East Java
Region: Java
Location: Ngawi is situated in East Java, northwest of Madioen. Fort Van den Bosch was slightly northeast of Ngawi.
From February 1943 to 12 February 1944 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Other name: Benteng
Internees: men
Number of internees: 1.580
Information: From February 1943, “European” men, women, and children, including many higher-up civil servants and employees from central and eastern Java, were interned in Fort Van den Bosch. Some of them were held in the fort prison, and some in barracks on the front part of the grounds. In February 1944 they were transferred to the 4th and 9th Battalions' Encampment in Tjimahi.
Commendant: Nakamura
Guards: Native prison personnel, heihos
Literature: Liesker, H.A.M. e.a., Je denk, ken niet, maar kèn!! (Waddinxveen 1997)
Alberts, A., Een kolonie is ook maar een mens (Amsterdam 1989)

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From 21 January 1945 to 30 August 1945 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Other name: Benteng
Internees: men and boys
Number of internees: 737
Information: In the first months of 1945 Indo-European men and boys who refused to swear loyalty to the Japanese authorities were detained in raids. From the end of January, they were held in the prison in Fort Van den Bosch, where they lived under a hard regime. After the Japanese capitulation they were freed. They were taken by truck to Ngawi station, and from there by train to places such as Djokjakarta.
Guards: Native prison personnel, heihos
Literature: Keuchenius, F.D., Dagboek van Jack over Djoernatan en Ngawi II op Java in 1945 (Leersum 2004)
Keuchenius, F.D., Herwonnen jaren. Terug naar 1942-1946 ([Zutphen] [2002])