De geest van de Hollander
" The Ghost of the Dutchman "
After the fall of Celebes Island, February 1942, a small KNIL detachment, consisting of two Dutch officers (Lieutenant De Jong - commander and Lieutenant Van Dalen), four Dutch sergeants and 150 KNIL soldiers, continued with a guerilla war against the Japanese. They carried out several successful ambush attacks in Kolonodale area, killing many Japanese soldiers, but they were eventually all either captured or killed. Both officers were taken in captivity on 19 August 1942, and promptly beheaded after they refused to say that they regretted what they did to the Imperial Japanese Army. The only who managed to save himself by hiding in the dense jungle was KNIL Sergeant Jan Klinkhamer.
Japanese offered a reward of 100 gulders to the local population for betraying him or handing-over. Only few local Indonesians knew where is he hiding and brought him food on several occasions. Other natives had spotted him twice vaguely in the foggy woods, and, therefore, started to call him "The Ghost of the Dutchman". He successfully stayed hiding in the jungle until 1945, when natives have finally informed him that Japan had capitulated. Only then he came from his hideout in the jungle, after spending more than three years in it.
In Holland, about five years ago, a TV Documentary about Sgt. Klinkhamer and his remarkable achievement was broadcasted on the television in the memory of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The title of the documentary was "De geest van de Hollander".
Now, this story has been told to me by the first time by Mr. Frans Zantvoort, who had watched that documentary few years ago. We are both kind of interested if anyone has any more information about him or his guerilla detachment. We are also trying to find out, if any book about him and his experience has ever been published. If you have anything what might help us, please contact the webmaster at his usual e-mail address [email@example.com].