That Chilling Moment

  • Gerry van KlinkenEmail author


Political factions in the little town of Maumere seek out powerful patrons with connections at the centre. Towards the mid-1960s, the dominant groups in town—religious and localist in character—have formed a loose, ad hoc alliance with the military. They all fear losing privileges to a popular movement promoted by the communist party. Theirs is a top-down, limited form of citizenship. When developments in far-away Jakarta lead military brass to commence the violent elimination of the entire communist party, local military officers call in their factional debts. In Maumere, allied civilian groups, shocked but compliant, assist the military in carrying out genocidal violence against their factional enemies.

Jan Djong is among hundreds to die. The existing elites in town are beneficiaries of a genocide.


Military 1965 New order Genocide Anti-communism Violence Communism Religion Factionalism Flores Indonesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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