Grogol—Japanese Camp

Grogol was a civilian camp, located just outside Batavia (now called Jakarta, Indonesia), about three kilometres Northwest of Tjideng, on the railway to Tangerang. Grogol started as a lunatic asylum and it was converted to a Japanese internment camp for civilians during World War II. Grogol was used for internment from 1 July 1943 til 18 April 1945.

This blog contains images of wooden labels that were used at the camp.

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

Above is a narrow strip of wood labelled with 41881 and Japanese/Chinese(?) characters burnt into the wood. Someone made a hanging loop for it that still has a safety pin and a curved metal pin with a disc attached. The label belongs to R.A. the Lord (02.01.32) during the period Karmat, Tjodeng, Grogol.

The board pictured above is of text that reads, Arrival in Grogol, 29 August 2604, J.G. Post, P.O.W. 1-551 and below is a picture of the reverse side of the wood is an image burnt into the wood that represents a bus with people inside and luggage atop as well as, a soldier stands with his rifle on the left, while on the right, a figure walks to the right with a bag in hand.



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