INDONESIA: A Mild Little Boy

In Istanbul some 30 years ago, a baby was born to a Dutch antique dealer named Westerling and his Greek wife. Frére Adolphe, who afterwards taught young Raymond Westerling in Istanbul's French Catholic St. Joseph school, recalled that he was "a mild, well-mannered, moon-faced little boy." Raymond's later development was not what Frére Adolphe might have expected: he became the notorious "Turk" Westerling, a reckless, ruthless professional soldier and a fanatical Moslem.

During the war, Westerling fought with the Australian troops in North Africa, later organized a Dutch commando force in the East Indies. He was kicked out of the...

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