The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, KITLV and the University of California – Los Angeles cordially invite you to the film and lecture event and international symposium ‘1965 Today: Living with the Indonesian Massacres’, on 1 and 2 October in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1965 marked a turning point in Indonesian history. An allegedly failed putsch on 30 September was followed by a violent backlash against the Left. About an estimated half a million people were killed, perhaps another million and a half detained without trial. The violence paved the way for the military regime of General Suharto, the New Order. Millions of survivors and their relatives lost their civil rights. The nation was changed forever.
For half a century, serious discussion of this shocking violence has been taboo within Indonesia. However, the taboo has begun to lift in recent years.
Fifty years after the events the three organising institutes both commemorate and discuss the long lasting legacies of this political violence in and beyond Indonesia by organising this public event and international symposium.
International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amnesty International, Leiden University, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
The programme is now online available. For more information please check our blog!
Photo: Salemba prison, Jakarta 1965. Drawing by survivor. (Tahun Yang Tak Pernah Berakhir, 2004)