Landmark photos show Dutch executions
By The Holland Times Tue. 10 July 2012
An album of photographs taken by a Dutch soldier from Enschede may shine a light on one of the darker periods of the history of the Netherlands, reports NOS.nl.
The photographs were taken during the soldier's tour in the Dutch East Indies and appear to show executions carried out by Dutch soldiers during police actions in the period between 1945 and 1950. Reports of harsh action by Dutch forces during this time have persisted for years, but until now no photographic evidence was known to exist.
One of the released photograph shows a row of dead bodies in a ditch with two Dutch soldiers, recognisable by their uniforms, looking on.
It is thought that the emergence of the photographs may lead to a renewed interest in investigating reports of atrocities and the conduct of the Dutch military in Indonesia.
(Photo: Municipality of Enschede / de Volkskrant)