Indonesian veteran Hario Kecik explaining about his experiences of the early days of Revolution, Surabaya 1945.
By Marjolein van Pagee :
Exhausted after interviewing Indonesian veteran Hario Kecik, but happy to finally meet this special man. He had a leading role in the battle of Surabaya in 1945 and was a commander of the student army. He is an intellectual, doctor, painter… and writer of many books. As a Sukarno-loyalist, he was put in jail for 4 years during the Suharto-era. With his 93 years old he still speaks Dutch and English fluently.
He said it never was his intention to fight the Dutch. Because of his education many of his childhood friends were Dutch or Indo. But because the Dutch government didn’t respect the Independence at all, he had no choice than fight for the freedom of his country.
First he hesitated to agree with an interview. Some of my questions were maybe too direct or recalling painful memories. But after we meet, he didn’t want to stop talking.
Salut for Bpak Hario! I hope that his books will be translated in Dutch because I think there’s a lot we can learn from this clever man.
“The past is the key to the present” Bpak Hario believes, and I agree with him