On Monday 19 January 1942 a Japanese warplane bombs the merchant ship ss Van Imhoff off the west coast of Sumatra. On board are 478 German internees, Dutch servicemen and regular crew members. It is the third shipment in an effort to expel 3,000 civilians with a German background from the Netherlands East Indies, a colony in collapse.
Guards and crew save themselves and leave the prisoners struggling at open sea. Rescue actions aim to save the Dutch crew and servicemen only. These war crimes reverberate through history up to the present day.
This site is an attempt to respectfully present the profiles of all victims and survivors of the Van Imhoff disaster. It also offers a detailed timeline of the actors and events in the Van Imhoff affair.