The World is Changing

 

It was before May 1940, even before Germany invaded the Netherlands, when fatherand mother left the Netherlands with Claartje to return to the Dutch East Indies. At 27 September 1940, Germany, Italy and Japan signed the Triparte Treaty. A sign of what was yet to come. I was eight years old when our life in the jungle ended. It was already during the expansion of Japan in China in 1937 that it became clear that the Samurai sword played a big role. There are pictures and videos of contests, in which they had to show how many people they could decapitate in the time span of one minute. This picture shows how much they enjoyed this.

Onthoofden

Onthoofden

With this, the Japanese display a whole lack of respect for a human life. The individual does not count. They sacrificed everything for the war; even their own women and children had to make an effort. More than 300,000 Chinese citizens and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured and murdered. This is also known as The Rape of Nanking. People call this the other Holocaust. John Rabe, a representative of Siemens, lived in China for over thirty years. He turned his residence in Nanking, which was then the capital of China, into a safety zone and saved 250,000 people from this massacre. He wrote Hitler if he could stop the Japanese from this, but apparently did not know what Hitler himself was doing at that time! (The Good German of Nanking). His residence has been a museum and an international research center for peace and reconcilement since 2006. However, Japan now wanted to target the big and fertile Dutch East Indies. The Japanese primarily wanted to have oil. The following opinions of a Japanese lieutenant general regarding the Dutch colony, when notifying his government in Tokyo, were contrary to that what the Japanese disseminated about the Dutch.