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Karl M E C A Dr Heidt

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

Karl M E C A Dr  HeidtBorn in Austria in ?. Ear, nose and throat specialist with a practice in Bandung. The address clipping shown here is taken from the Bandung telephone directory of 1936.

He appears in the Nias group portrait. His name is often misspelled and confused with "Dr Heldt" who is also a Van Imhoff survivor and even shared the same life boat as Dr Heidt.

Dr Heidt is remembered as a public Hitler sympathizer and as a very helpful, empathic person. At times he even stands up for the Dutch captives and protects them against Indonesian guards and the Japanese when they get too 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 from Nias, the Japanese force Dr Heidt to stay behind as one of the few reliable medics around. However, his deepest wish is to start a 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.

On 15 March 2015 (see timeline on this site) Ben Wirawan uses the information from Petite Histoire Indonesia by Rosihan Anwar to re-tell the Van Imhoff affair whereby he focuses on the role of survivor Dr Heidt.

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 which was broadcasted in December 2017.

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