Marsini's Gift - The Story of an Indo Family

Saskia Rossi

Category: (Local) History

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Summary

The story of the Jeekel family during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies is full of violence and suffering. But the experiences of the family are not unique; all Dutch-Indonesian families have endured these dark times. It is important that their story is passed on so that the next generations will know of the internment camps, the Hell Ships, and the atrocities that occurred after the surrender of Japan in cities like Bandung and Surabaya. The history of the DEI in the 1940’s may not be a pleasant one, but needs to be told and taught in schools as an inherent part of Dutch history.

From the book

The ship that took my parents to Holland was named the Sibajak. She was one of the ocean liners of the Rotterdamsche Lloyd and formerly used for troop transport, but in 1951 she was rebuilt into a passenger vessel that would carry hundreds of families to Holland–people who were no longer welcome in their homeland.
On average the voyage took three to four weeks, via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal with a stop in Port Said, where boys eagerly and dexterously dove for the coins that the passengers threw into the water. Next they crossed the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar, heading north, farther and farther away from the tropics.

My sister Jerry told me that our mother was seasick for almost all the entire journey. Jeanne did not like the Dutch food that was served daily so she lost quite a bit of weight, despite already having a slender frame. Jerry did not suffer from seasickness and actually enjoyed herself; she played pingpong and participated in all the games the young people played on board. Having never seen them before, she found the bunkbeds they slept in bizarre and exciting.
I recall a green trunk that ended up in our storage space; this trunk held all of their clothing and personal possessions during the passage. That is all they had been able to take with them from their homeland, but they had each other.

About the author

Saskia Rossi, born in Apeldoorn, Holland, in 1957, has lived for many years in California. There she held a job in special education and did the research, which resulted in the Dutch publication of ‘De Ring van Marsini’. She has written nonfiction books before, but this one is special to her, a long cherished wish finally fulfilled. She wrote this book as a tribute to her family, but also as a simple historical overview for the younger generation, like the young Indos in California who cannot speak or read Dutch, but who are curious about their roots. For them she translated her family’s story into English.

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Product information

Title:

Marsini's Gift - The Story of an Indo Family

Author:

Saskia Rossi

Category:

(Local) History

Number of pages:

110

Illustrated:

Yes

Format/size:

Paperback A5

Release date:

19-02-2021

ISBN:

978-94-643-1080-1 / 9789464310801

Price:

€ 17,99

Language

English