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H A H (Hans) Sack

Survivor | 1940 | Nurse

Sack is born in Hamburg.

1914: Sea soldier in Tsingtao. Probably interned in several Japanese camps till 1919.

In 1922 employed as nurse in the psychiatric hospital in Batavia. 1940: Nurse in Sabang.

Interned in May 1940 and deported with the ss Van Imhoff.
Survivor. Appears in Nias group picture.

In the early 1960-ies he is approached by C Van Heekeren together with G Weiler (missionary from Banjarmasin), A Vehring (planter from Irian and on Java), J Grasshoff (ship steward from Padang), E Fischer (merchant from Surabaya), E. Kempf from Pontianak, K Seemann from Banjarmasin and W Schweikert (piano builder from Semarang). They become key witnesses to the sinking of the Van Imhoff, the struggle of the survivors at sea and the landing and follow-up on the island of Nias. Their accounts are reflected and cited in the 1967 account of the Van Imhoff affair by Van Heekeren (Batavia seint: Berlijn, Bert Bakker, Den Haag 1967)

Hans Sack prepares a written report for Van Heekeren (ref. pg 251)

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