Diary from Uzbekistan (11): Uzbeks want to recreate Kamp Amersfoort

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Published on 7 October 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Tashkent, 7 October Uzbekistan harbours serious plans for recreating Kamp Amersfoort. That was made public in Tashkent this weekend. In this infamous concentration camp 35.000 Dutchmen have been incarcerated and 101 Uzbeks were killed there in 1942. This remarkable initiative coincides with the publication of a Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (10): You only see it when you get it

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Published on 4 October 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Karshi/Qarshi Uzbekistan is a crossroads of peoples, faiths and languages. And it’s always been that way. Since forever more powerful neighbours have cast a covetous eye on pearls like Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and from the Arabs to the Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (8): Getting up at 4 a.m. to meet with Remco

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Published on 2 October by Stichting Russisch Ereveld  Buchara, 2 October On this sunlit Tuesday morning Adiz Kacharov, carrying a garish yellow bag, approaches through downtown Buchara. “With such a carrier Remco cannot miss me”, thinks the Uzbek from Nurata, who has just turned 76. Mind you, Nurata is 400 kilometres further on. This morning Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (7): Between past and present

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Buchara, 1 October Today the delegation travels by bus to Buchara, a distance of almost 300 kilometres. A rather strenuous activity, for the quality of the bitumen leaves much to be desired. At times the bus resembles a fairground attraction, the way the passengers are shaken up. Without meaning to the ‘expressway’ also tells the Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (6)

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Published on 30 September by Stichting Russisch Ereveld  Samarkand, 30 September  This Sunday Samarkand comes across as an enchanting pearl on the silk Road. With many age old monuments, women in skirts with blazing colours, tourists from all over the world and occasionally in between the many automobiles a donkey pulling a cart. At one Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (5): At your service

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Published on 29 September 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Once again the camera is rolling. Even in front of the war museum in Tashkent Remco must give an interview. Although the director is eagerly waiting on the doorstep. Colonel (ret.) Musalim Nuriddinov bids us a warm welcome. He wears the endless rows of ribbons and Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (4): Uzbeks write book about the 101

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Published on 28 September 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld The presentation of a book called ‘One hundred and one’ about the fate of the 101 Uzbeks who were killed in 1942 in Kamp Amersfoort has generated wide interest in Tashkent. The Uzbek authors Yulia Medvedovskaya and Anvar Irgashev based their book largely on the life’s Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (3): Reiding finds relative

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Published on 27 September 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld In Tashkent a relative has been found of an Uzbek soldier buried in the Soviet-Russian military cemetery. Researcher Remco Reiding was able to tell granddaughter Yelena on Wednesday that grandfather Valerian Ploshtshadnov lies buried in the war cemetery in Leusden. Sergeant Ploshtshadnov was a factory worker Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (2)

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Published on 26 September 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Day 2, 26 September After a smooth flight of 6,5 hours the delegation from the Stichting Sovjet-Russisch Ereveld landed in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent this morning. Lo and behold there were some Dutch tourists in our hotel. When one of the ladies heard that we Lees verder…