Ziekenhuiskeuken (Hospital kitchen)

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Java, Bandoeng
Accession Number ART91954
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 18.5 x 24.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description coloured pencil, pen and black ink on buff paper laid on tissue paper
Maker Unknown
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Java, Bandoeng
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: External copyright


Six small sketches show women and children helping prepare food in the hospital kitchen. The pictures create a story that can be read left to right, starting with the children arriving at work. The boys are given the job of watching the chickens cook on the stove; the flames at the stove indicate they have not been watching very carefully. Girls are given the job of cleaning vegetables at a table and then washing them under a tap. A cook tastes the food cooking on her stove. Finally boys help a woman carry food to the hospital. This is one of 28 drawings created by internees of Camp Karees and presented to Mrs Frederika Hessels Van Zalm as a token of appreciation for her tireless work running the camp's kitchen. Mrs Hessels Van Zalm was detained in Camp Karees with her two daughters Hanny and Dicki, nicknamed Ponny, her youngest son Dirk, nicknamed Bully, and her father Dirk. Her eldest son Fred was sent to a men's camp. Camp Karees was one of many internment camps created in Indonesia, by the Japanese, for the detainment of Dutch residents in the Second World War. Camp Karees was created for the detainment of women and children. A number of elderly men were also detained at Camp Karees. The camp held 6000 internees and private cooking was forbidden. All meals were provided form a central kitchen and trading for food from outside the camp was severely punished. 'Karees was a collection of houses in the poorer section of Bandoeng, fenced off with gedek (plaited bamboo sheets) topped with barbed wire.' Shirlie Fenton Huie, 1992.