Recent publications

Hollandia Blues

Klencke, Peter, 2012

ISBN 978-94-6153-141-4
Uitg. Aspekt, Soesterberg, 172 pag.
This autobiographical novel relates about Chris, a boy from an Indonesian family which moved from Jakarta to Hollandia in 1950. New-Guinea seems a promising opportunity to start a new life and proves an ideal country for Chris' boyhood. Crawling around an airplane dump or playing in the jungle behind Kloofkamp and in the hills around Dock V. But in the background there is always the war in Indonesia and it's colonial aftermath.

Achtentachtig prachtige vissen

Krey, Thonny Mansiraken, Ellen van Minnen-Prins, Jolanda Hiddink , 2012

ISBN 9789490085254
Het Boekenschap, Zelhem, 24 pag. 
The sea is full of fish. And they all look alike. Or don’t they...? Turtle takes you along in the world of fish and shows you the uniqueness of every fish. Large, small, young, old, they are all different and very beautiful.
Eighty-eight wonderful fish in a picture book, made by a Papuan artist from Manokwari Indonesia (former Dutch New Guinea). The book is full of Krey’s characteristic fish and shows in a playful way some contradictions for kids from the age of 2 years. The book was made in collaboration with The Foundation for Sustainable Development Papua Barat (SDSP). Purchase on line:

Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua

Rutherford, Danilyn, 2012

ISBN 9780226731995
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Paperback ed. 320 p.
For West Papua and its people, the promise of sovereignty has never been realized, despite a long and fraught struggle for independence from Indonesia. In Laughing at Leviathan, Danilyn Rutherford examines this struggle through a series of interlocking essays that drive at the core meaning of sovereignty itself—how it is fuelled, formed, and even thwarted by pivotal but often overlooked players: those that make up an audience. Whether these players are citizens, missionaries, competing governmental powers, nongovernmental organizations, or the international community at large, Rutherford shows how a complex interplay of various observers is key to the establishment and understanding of the sovereign nation-state. Purchase on line: 

Bulletin of the International String Figure Association; Volume 17, 2010

Sherman, Mark (ed.) , 2012

ISSN 1076-7886
ISFA Press, Pasadena, California, USA.  247 pag.
This book is a selection of String Games from the Faroe Islands, Sweden, the Trobriant Islands, Burkina Faso and a substantial part about String Games from the Highlands of West New Guinea. On pages 129 - 205 you will find the figures collected and filmed by missionary Jules Camps ofm in the 1970’s, now transcribed and annotated by Stephan Claassen. Abstracts of all articles that have appeared in this series are posted at: . Order on line:

Met stille trom; Een journaal

Springer, F., 2012

ISBN 978 90 214 4212 9
Amsterdam, Em. Querido’s Pub., 235 p.
“In 1962 Dutch rule came to an end on New Guinea, tropical island in the Pacific. This novel describes the last convulsions of our colonialism...”. With these words 'Met stille trom' (Leaving quietly) this book was introduced in 1963. Springer wrote the book after his return from New Guinea, where he had served a four year term as a government official. Just before publication he withdrew the manuscript, because on second thought it lacked the drama of the indigenous Papuan people. In the year of his death Springer rewrote the manuscript and added a foreword. Nevertheless this book is published now, be it posthumously.

Governing New Guinea; An oral history of Papuan administrators, 1950-1990

Visser, Leontine (ed), 2012

ISBN: 9789067183932
KITLV Press, Leiden, 358 p.
A unique series of stories about Papuan administrators recounting how they were trained by the Dutch and how they functioned as administrators in the late 1950s. They narrate their experiences during the turbulent 1960s, the short UNTEA period, the manipulation of votes for the Act of Free Choice and the subsequent political integration within the Indonesian nation-state. Many of them remained in government service until their retirement in the 1990s This book is a translation from ‘Bakti pamong praja Papua’ (2008) with a new introduction and supplemented by statements and organisations in footnotes. Purchase online at

Onder het teken van de Morgenster

Zanden, Thijs van der , 2012

In 1960 Thijs van der Zanden was deployed as a soldier to the former Dutch New Guinea for one year. As an infantryman he is mainly stationed on the islands of Biak and Woendi. Van der Zanden writes about the Papuans and their background, the Security Platoon and the Royal Dutch Air Force. There are also personal stories of various ‘sobats’ of commandos, infantry and members of the Royal Air Force. The book is a beautiful document of a time already far behind us.
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Verget ons niet. Het Papoea Vrijwilligers Korps (1961 – 1963)

Bruggen, Casper van, 2011

ISBN 9789461530042
Soesterberg, Uitgeverij Aspekt
'Do not forget us’. The Papua Volunteer Corps (1961-1963)’. Little has been written about the Papua Vrijwilligers Korps (PVK). Only a few random articles and some chapters in books about the Marine Corps. 'Verget ons niet' (Do not forget us), with these words Papuan soldier Mareret ended a letter, written on February 7th 1963, to his former platoon commander. With this book the author responds in a way to this cry of the heart and gives the PVK its wel deserved place in written history.