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Dolf Winkler (born 1917), an East Indian war veteran and former prisoner of war (POW), was interned at a Japanese forced labour camp during World War II (WW2) and subsequently worked on the notorious Burma (Death) Railway. Following his service, he suffered with nightmares and mental health problems and was treated by the controversial Professor Bastiaans at the Jelgersma Clinic. After the war, Dolf moved to the Netherlands, worked a variety of jobs and became a Labor Party council member in the city of Emmeloord. He has visited Japan and given talks on several occasions. He comments, 'Of course, you can't forget the war, but there comes a time when you have to put a period behind it all. My feelings of hatred have altogether disappeared because of my trips to Japan, meeting its youth, the present generation of Japanese, whom you simply can't hold accountable for the misdeeds of the previous generation.'