Soerat Kepala Kampoeng Pada Nica. Village Chief's Letter to Nica (Netherlands-Indies Civil Administration).

1944. Hundreds of years of Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia (then called the Dutch East Indies) ended during the second world war, with the invasion by the Japanese, after their attack on Borneo. These leaflets, one in Indonesian and the other its translation into English, are a plea from a village chief for relief and protection from the abuse suffered at the hands of the invading Japanese. Much of Indonesia was overlooked by the Allied forces, so that most of the island nation was still under Japanese occupation at the time of the Japanese surrender of August 1945. The village chief writes "With many respects we come to you, Sir, because we were deceived by the Japanese Government ... When we heard about the naval and ground forces and high people from Amerika (sic) being already in our island, we rejoice and desire to meet them in order to be liberated from the Japanese." Dated July 10, 1944. Indonesian leaflet measures 6 x 11"; the English translation 5 1/4 x 7 1/2" Very good condition. Item #17070

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