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By last week it was clearly too late in Indonesia for restoration of full Dutch imperial rule and too early for a stable native government. A report on the current socio/economic/political status.

What time is it in Indonesia? Last week the public clocks which the punctual Dutch had placed along Batavia’s sweltering, mosquito-infested streets did not say; nobody had wound them. Nobody collected electric bills, because the electrical engineers are Dutch and the company accountants Indonesian; they could not decide who should…

Birth of a Nation


The United States of Indonesia, conceived as an equal partner with The Netherlands under the House of Orange, was born in Batavia last week.

The United States of Indonesia, conceived as an equal partner with The Netherlands under the House of Orange, was born in Batavia last week. Dutch and Indonesian representatives initialed a draft agreement providing for a three-way division of The Netherlands East Indies: first, the Indonesian Republic, comprising the islands of …

The Price of Forgery


Artforgerist Van Meegeren had been cleared of collaboration but not of forgery. He had made his pile not by collaborating but by forging seven Vermeers and two Pieter de Hooches.

It was far too much money for an honest Dutchman to have made during the German occupation. But when Artist Hans van Meegeren was accused of collaborating and was asked to explain his quick fortune of $3,024,000, he had an answer ready. Said Van Meegeren: he had made his pile…

Republic Acomin’


Van Mook exchanged toasts in Batavia last week with the “Prime Minister” of the rebel Indonesian Republic celebrating the signing of a truce designed to eventually to halt hostilities.

Dr. Hubertus J. Van Mook, Acting Governor General of The Netherlands Indies, exchanged toasts in Batavia last week with the “Prime Minister” of the rebel Indonesian Republic, though Dutch officers still walked out of British parties whenever Republican Army leaders appeared. The civilian amenities held more significance than the military…

First Test


In last week’s first postwar Dutch election things were different. The Party of Labor, cutting across religious lines, won 29 out of a 100 seats.

A prewar Dutch election was usually a cut-&-dried affair; the Catholics voted for the Catholic party, the Protestants voted for one of the two big Protestant parties, minor groups shared scattered votes, and that was that.

In last week’s first postwar Dutch election, things were different. Premier Schermerhorn’s new Party…

Woman in the House


An extensive report on postwar The Netherlands, its people, cabinet, business and its queen.

Queen Wilhelmina on the cover of TIME magazine in 1946A year ago, when the filthy tide washed back, it was hard to tell what was left of Europe. Would the detritus of Nazi conquest bury a civilization, leaving its survivors in a confused struggle among the ruins? A year later it was still too soon to know. Many glimpses… View large cover


“A Lot of Whiskey”


Indonesian peacemaking excursion: the stubborn Dutch and fanatic Indonesians had found a middle ground. Indonesia would become an autonomous partner under the Dutch crown.

Britain’s diplomatic cleanup man had another vanquished crisis under his belt. Beaming baronially as he deplaned in Amsterdam last week after an 8,900-mile flight from Batavia, hump-nosed, ruddy Lord Inverchapel (Sir Archibald Clark Kerr in his pre-peerage days) gave a thumbnail report on his Indonesian peacemaking excursion. The Indonesians, he…

Where the Angels Fly Low


The formal surrender of the Japanese garrison on Bali happened last week. But only 300 Balinese solemnly watched the surrender.

The formal surrender of the Japanese garrison on Bali last week was one of those ceremonies the British always carry off so well.

His Majesty’s Major General Eric Mansergh had flown into Den Pasar from his Surabaya headquarters. The Netherlands’ towheaded Colonel Fritz ter Meulen had arrived with his two-battalion…

“The Most Tragic”


After four years of defeat, imprisonment and abuse, the Dutch in Indonesia are morose, sullen and apparently unable to cope with the vigorous native independence movement.

TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod witnessed the faces of men fighting and dying on New Guinea, Attu, Saipan, Tarawa, Iwo and Okinawa. Last week he beheld what he described as “the most tragic face I have seen in the war.” The place was Batavia’s Koningsplein Railway Station. The face was that…



Determined Dr. Van Mook had pressed for a semi-autonomous Indonesia. World opinion will not stand for the use of force by the Dutch, said a British spokesman.

A brooding quiet settled over Indonesia. It was the quiet of a faintly smoking volcano. Here & there snipers’ rifles cracked. But mostly the British and Dutch sat waiting behind their guns in strongholds of European authority like Batavia, Surabaya, Semarang, Bandung. Beyond these cities, in the rich hinterland of…

Tea, Cakes & Empire


The Dutch agrees to initiate talks with the moderate nationalists, to pay a higher political price for order in their Empire. Indonesian nationalism had come to stay.

In the country house of Britain’s Prime Minister the generation of empire menders was at work. The worried ghosts of the empire builders—among them. Raffles of Singapore and Coen of Batavia—looked on. The great Far Eastern domain they had helped create was badly cracked, in danger of breakdown…

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