Most of the soldiers that the Netherlands sent to fight in the Indonesian archipelago after 1945 had been drafted into military service. This included Jewish men who had survived the Shoah. Some applied for exemption from service on the grounds that family members had died in wartime, but very few of these applications were granted. A handful of Jews enlisted voluntarily. For example, some stateless Jews saw this as a possible route to Dutch nationality. From 1 January 1947 to mid-1950, the religious and social interests of Jewish soldiers in the Dutch East Indies were represented by the Bureau Belangen Joodse Militairen (Office for the Interests of Jewish Soldiers).
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