INYS Going Back in Time

A History Language Meet-Up in Ereveld Menteng Pulo

Text by Yulia, Photographs by Aristo

“Jangan tinggalkan sejarah!” (Never leave history behind!)

Soekarno
Participants, with Mr. van der Rijdt, center, and Sicilia, front row third from left. Photo at the monument to fallen pilots.

Taking inspiration from Indonesian president Soekarno, Indonesia Nederland Youth Society (INYS) chose history as the main theme for the recent Language Meet-Up, which was held on April 13, 2019. Titled “INYS: Going Back in Time,” we visited one of the war cemeteries under the direction of the Oorlogs Graven Stichting (OGS), Ereveld Menteng Pulo. Just like its name, this cemetery is located in Menteng Pulo, South Jakarta and is one of seven erevelden/makam korban perang in Indonesia.

Joining us were OGS director Mr. Robert van der Rijdt and freelance tour guide Sicilia, both of whom explained the significance of Menteng Pulo and the history between Indonesia and the Netherlands in the years 1942-1946. We thank them both for their guidance. Terima kasih banyak! Heel bedankt!

The event started at 10.30am with a brief explanation in the Simultaankerk regarding the makam korban perang (war cemetery) by the guest speakers. Then, the participants were guided around the ereveld, making stops at significant areas in the cemetery such as the monuments and sections reserved for Commonwealth soldiers. The meet-up ended with a quiz and parting words from our guides.

Below are some photos from the day. More photos on our Instagram @inys2013.

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