Grogol-Japanese Camp

Grogol was a civilian camp, located just outside Batavia(Jakarta, Indonesia nowadays), about three kilometers northwest of Tjideng, on the railway to Tangerang. The camp was in use from July 1, 1943 to April 18, 1945.

Grogol started as a lunatic asylum which was converted in a Japanese Internment Camp for civilians during World War 2.

In this blog some images of wooden labels used in the camp.

The picture above is a wooden board entitled ‘Arrival at Grogol’ , with a magnifying glass burned-in scene of the boys arriving by bus from camp Tjimahi, where they had just left their mothers. They are unloading their luggage. The board was made after the Japanese gave all boys permission in December 1942 to send a package with Sinterklaas(Saint Nicholas) to their mother in the women’s camps.

On a narrow strip/label are: 41881 and japanese/chinese(?) characters burned. A white string is attached via two holes to the label (hanging loop). The loop still has a safety pin and a curved metal pin with disc. The label belongs to R.A. the Lord (02.01.32 -) during the period Karmat, Tjodeng, Grogol.

A board with burned-in text and image. On one side the representation of a bus with people. Luggage on the roof of the bus. On the left a soldier with a rifle, on the right a figure walking to the right with a bag in hand. On the other side the text: ‘Arrival in Grogol, August 29, 2604, J.G. Post, P.O.W. 1-551’.


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