“The Missing History” includes the true story of how a small group of generals, diplomats, scholars and others are planning to topple the Indonesian President Suharto in the early 1970s.
In 1945, seven years old, after escaping into the Balinese jungle, Dewa Soeradjana, his family and the rest of the villagers, watches how KNIL, the Royal Dutch-East Indies Army, and their Indonesian henchmen are burning down all their houses, destroying the crops and killing all the livestock, leaving nothing behind.
It is how Dewa Soeradjana‘s amazing life took off to culminate, when he in 1972, 34 years old, becomes involved in the planning to topple the Indonesian President Soeharto without knowing why.
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In early 1974 the Indonesian President Suharto is handed a document from General Ali Murtopo, head of OPSUS, an extra-constitutional agency with broad and undefined powers. The document hints that a general with the initial S will attempt a coup détat in between April and June 1974.
The initial S meant General Soemitro, a distinguished army man, Commander of KOPKAMTIB, the Indonesian secret police agency for restoration of security and order, and by this the most powerful man in Indonesia, next to President Soeharto himself.
However, is it possible that the document, known as the Ramadi-document, refers to an incident, which took place already in June 1972, two years earlier than hinted?
But, if the coup was planned to take place already in 1972, how is it then possible, that the participants as generals, diplomats and high level civil servants continued to serve President Suharto and his regime, and some even were promoted to higher positions, in the years which followed?
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Based on Dewa Soeradjana’s personal story the book gives a valuable insight in the true Indonesian story from 1938 – 1972.
It is also the example par excellence of how the will to will creates the possibilities.
Photo: General Soepardjo and Pak Dewa March 1972.
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“The Missing History is written by Peer Holm Jørgensen, the author of The Forgotten Massacre (Mizan 2009). As he believes in history defines the future, the book also provides an invaluable insight in history for the young Indonesian generations of today and those to come.
It may also set a new standard of public awareness, when it comes to the ruling power.
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Published in Bahasa Indonesia by Noura Books, Jakarta (2015).
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With approximately 250 million inhabitants sharing more than 17.000 islands spanning over three time zones Indonesia is the fourth biggest nation on Earth.
Arriving with the Arabian traders around 8th century and by the 15th century spread to most of the islands Indonesia today is the biggest Muslim society in the world; however not the only religion as 5 more are officially recognized by the government. Hereto there are about 245 non-official religions.
Until 1522 when the Portuguese built their first fort Indonesia had been a dynamic organization of countless kingdoms and sultanates.
In 1596 the Dutch arrived and colonization initiated. 350 years later in 1945, based on the Pancasila, Indonesia liberated itself from the colonial powers. 20 years later in 1965 one of the darkest periods in the Indonesian history changed the standards of governing.
Modern Indonesia has recently started its journey towards its deserved position in the world community.