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K Heidt

Survivor | Date of birth unkown | Ear, nose and throat specialist

K  HeidtBorn in Austria in ?. Ear, nose and throat specialist with a practice in Bandung. He appears in the Nias group portrait. He is often confused with "Dr Heldt" who is also a survivor and even shared the same life boat as Dr Heidt.

Dr Heidt is remembered as openly pro-Hitler and a very helpful, kind person. At times he even stands up for the Dutch captives against the Indonesian guards and the Japanese when they get excessively aggressive. Dr Heidt is a member of the Nazi party in Bandung and seen wearing his Nazi medal during important public events on Nias.

With the deportation and internment of the Dutch people on Nias, the Japanese force Dr Heidt to stay behind as one of the few reliable medics around. In his heart he longs to take up his medical practice again in Sumatra. His loneliness gets the better of him. In August 1942 he takes an overdose of sleeping pills. He dies on 2 September 1942 in or near Gunung Sitoli.

The address clipping below is taken from the Bandung telephone guide of 1936.

On 15 March 2015 (see timeline on this site) Ben Wirawan uses Petite Histoire Indonesia by Rosihan Anwar as his main source of information on the Van Imhoff affair and focuses on the role of survivor Dr Heidt when retelling the story.

Historical coincidence: the grandson of Dr Heidt (Thomas Heindl in Vienna) is preparing Dr. Heidt's biography. This grandson also appears in the Dutch Van Imhoff documentary in December 2017 where he is seen searching for the grave of his grandfather on Nias.

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