Travel to Indonesia: Bandung: Photo 3
The social hub of the Dutch community was the Concordia Club of 1921, designed by Charles Wolff Schoemaker (1882-1949), an architect born in Bandung and creator of some of its most distinctive buildings. Schoemaker's career has been treated at length by C.P. van Dullemen in Tropical Modernity: Life and Work of C.P. Wolff Schoemaker, 2010. Perhaps the most striking quotation in that book comes from Sukarno, who was a student of Schoemaker at the East Indian Technical University (now the Bandung Institute of Technology). Sukarno wrote (p. 159), "Professor Wolff Schoemaker was a great man. For him there was no difference between whites and non-whites. For him there were no Dutch or Indonesians. No free men or slaves. All that mattered for him was what a person could do." Sukarno's friendship cost Schoemaker dearly in the years just after World War II, when the Dutch saw Sukarno as a terrorist.
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