13 Aug Henk Schulte Nordholt: ‘War crime study: cover-up or opening up the past?’
This article by Henk Schulte Nordholt was published in The Jakarta Post (August 7, 2018). A translation of this article was published in Historia (August 16, 2018).
On August 1 the Ikatan Keluarga Alumni Lemhannas convened a seminar in Jakarta on the legitimacy of a Dutch research project on the Indonesian Independence War 1945-1950. In a statement the conveners write that they are afraid that the Dutch government supports this research project in order to cover up Dutch war crimes during the Indonesian war of independence and that it seems that cooperation with Indonesian historians from Universitas Gadjah Mada is used to legitimize this effort. This would be a serious misrepresentation of the research project and would also harm the integrity of our Indonesian colleagues in an unjustified manner.