How far does the echo of a historical event reach?
Far, as is evident in the case of the genocide on Banda. 400 years later, the horrific and disruptive events on the nutmeg islands still occupy the ‘hearts and minds’ of people; on Banda, in Indonesia and the Netherlands. Not only do they evoke attention and interest, but emotion too.
Today maybe even more than ever before. The memory of the events in 1621 has been kept alive for four centuries and has been passed on from generation to generation, in various forms and with a constantly renewed view on the story.