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Robert Rouveroy 1927-2009

Emile Leonardus van Rouveroy van Nieuwaal, bekend als Robert of Bob Rouveroy, is geboren in voormalig Nederlands-Indië. Veel van de tekeningen, foto's en plattegronden op deze website zijn door hem verzameld, gerestaureerd en gescand. Een korte introductie, door hem zelf geschreven:

My name is Robert Rouveroy. I was born in 1927 in Bandung, West-Java in the former Netherlands East Indies. From 1942 until 1945 my family and I were interned in Japanese concentration camps in North-East Sumatra. My mother died in one of the women's camps.

After the War I was inducted in the Royal Netherlands Indies Army, the K.N.I.L. where I was trained as combat cinematographer and I served during the "Police Actions". After the transferral of power I worked as cameraman for an Indonesian Film company.

In 1956 I emigrated to Canada. For the next 35 years I was a free-lance News and Documentary cameraman for the CBC, CTV, CBS, ABC, NBC, NFB and PBS and served for a while as President of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.
I settled in the Netherlands in 1990.

A chance encounter with Fokke van Dijk at a Pacific War Remembrance Day resulted in a co-operation with his project called: "North-Sumatra Documentation Foundation", consisting of a series of personal diaries kept by the Dutch men and women during their incarceration in those Japanese camps. Fokke had been in the same camps and was uniquely qualified to undertake this enormous job. Upon completion he was decorated for his achievement.

My contribution was the photographing, scanning and cleaning up of paintings and drawings, saved on scraps of paper, newspaper edges etc, carefully hidden from the Japanese guards.. Also, photographs were supplied, made during and after the liberation, later on supplemented with private photographs of our evacuation and subsequent pictures taken by me during the two "Police Actions".`These pictures and photographs, illustrating the collected diaries have already been published in the above mentioned 14 part book project of Fokke van Dijk.

At the end of the War, we inmates of the Japanese concentration camps often wondered why we had to dig wide trenches, 6 feet deep and 100 yards long, just outside the barbed wire. The Japanese commander told us they were for our protection, if enemy (that is, American or English planes) would bomb or strafe the camps. In that case, we pointed out, zig-zag trenches would be much better. The commander just smiled and said nothing.

Twenty or so years later, captured documents where released by the American Government, indicating that "Standing Orders for the Elimination of Allied POW's and civilians" where issued by the Japanese High Command in case the Japanese homeland was invaded by the Allied forces.

The Atomic bombs caused incredible sufferings to the Japanese people.
They also were instrumental in our survival.

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