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People can find, very nostalgic, bamboos and orchids in our garden. From the mosaics to the Japanese historic exhibitions that I have made in our garden, people can see that there are no feelings of hatred regarding the past in the Dutch East Indies. The history of our past is something that needs to be told, in my opinion. My children were never able to meet my mother. This way, they still learn something from this past.
Together with Jacques, I teach guest lectures as a guest lecturer on schools and for anyone who wants to. The Japanese Expansions, the other Holocaust, as it is named very often, is often compared to the German Holocaust. There are comparisons, but you cannot compare the suffering of one to the suffering of another. Where the Germans used bombs and gas, the Japanese used the sword and starvation. A total liquidation had not yet occurred in the Dutch East Indies. The difference is mostly in the fact that the Germans have apologized, while the Japanese have not.
Together with Jacques, I work with the civilians of the municipality Gennep on the mosaics of the Ellen Hofmann Square.

Everyone from his or her own background: students of a music school, church communities, carnival unions and so forth. And we did that from our position as guest lecturers. Jacques made an Indonesian headgear and I portrayed the Japanese interment camps. You can see three flags on it: the Japanese, the Dutch and the Indonesian flag.

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We are members of the Stichting Japanese Ereschulden. The survivors of the Japanese occupation and aggression have been a forgotten group for a long time. This is why they could not tell their story. For Europe, but also for other continents little knowledge was provided. The JES stands for the rights of those who have been subjected to severe violations of human rights. They have the right to reparation, rehabilitation and compensation.