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Military Trials of War Criminals in the Netherlands East Indies 1946-1949$
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Fred L. Borch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777168.001.0001

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An Unfortunate Sideshow

An Unfortunate Sideshow

The Trials of Collaborators

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(p.196) 11 An Unfortunate Sideshow
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Military Trials of War Criminals in the Netherlands East Indies 1946-1949
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Fred L. Borch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777168.003.0012

There have always been men and women who collaborate—provide aid, comfort, and support—to the enemy in time of war. In the Indies, both Europeans and nonEuropeans collaborated with the Japanese during the occupation. This chapter examines five war crimes tribunals involving Europeans, with the focus on the prosecution of a Japanese-speaking Dutchman who made radio propaganda broadcasts for the enemy and the trial of Head Police Commissioner P. J. H. M. Maseland, the highest-ranking official to collaborate with the enemy. The former was the NEI equivalent of “Lord Haw-Haw” and “Tokyo Rose,” and demonstrates that the Dutch took the impact of enemy propaganda on the war effort seriously. The latter was a Japanese-speaking police official who compromised his integrity during the occupation.

Keywords:   collaboration, propaganda, enemy radio broadcasts, torture, treason, P. J. H. M. Maseland

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