Netherlands East Indies. (Internment Camp Mail). 1942. Netherlands East Indies postal stationery card 3 1/2c grey written from Tjibadak Protection Camp dated 'Tjibadak 27th January 1942' cancelled by oval 'Beheerder/ Beschermingskamp/ Tjibadak' in blue, addressed to 'Paul Danzmann, Central Internment Kamp, Koetatjane, Block A, Barack 6, Alas Vallai (Sumatra).
Paul Danzmann was one of 478 German internees being transported from Sibolga to Colombo on the 'S.S. "Van Imhoff" when she was bombed by Japanese war planes off Sumatra 19th January 1942. Out of the 478 internees only 65 survived, 48 made it to the Indies island of Nias and 17 washed ashore on Poelou Simoek.
Although word of the disaster had reached the Indies no news was known to the other internees in the Camps. This card is written by the wife of Paul Danzmann who made it safe to Nias Island.
The card has been read by the Camp Administrator and censored, because of the disaster the card was detained in Alasvallei Camp.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Internment Camp collection, a similar card written from his wife illustrated in Bulterman's book "Nederlands INdie in Oorlog" page 34.