the weight of memories

Helmut Otto Sonnenburg

Victim | Date of birth unkown | Insurance agent

Helmut Otto  SonnenburgInsurance agent in Bandung, Java

On 11 April 2018, his granddaughter Patricia Sonnenburg, approaches the "Het Parool" newspaper and re-tells the history of her grandparents. After the war Patricia's grandmother never talked about the Van Imhoff affair and wanted others to remain silent about it too. The whole affair became a family secret.

However, Patricia found her courage to express herself in the open after the Van Imhoff documentary in December 2017 on Dutch TV.

She also made contact with Dutch lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, international specialist in humanitarian law. On behalf of Patricia Sonnenburg she wrote a letter to the Ministry of Defence officially asking for an apology by the Dutch Government and recognition of the suffering caused to the family.

(Photo repro: © Maartje Geels)

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