Brouwers, Jeroen

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Brouwers, Jeroen Gender: M
Jeroen Godfried Maria Brouwers
born on 30 April 1940 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Jakarta, Indonesia, 6s10, 106e48
Timezone JVT h7e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 09°36' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°18 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 29°33'

Jeroen Brouwers (2010)


Dutch journalist, translator and prophilic writer.

He was the fourth child of five of Roman Catholic parents. His father Jacques Theodorus Maria Brouwers (12 January 1903, Den Bosch – 28 December 1964, Delft) was an accountant in an architect firm. His mother Henriëtte Elisabeth Maria van Maaren (2 May 1908, Amsterdam – 27 January 1981, Delft) was the daughter of the musician Leo van Maaren (1885– 27 July 1945, Semarang). They married on 1 August 1928 at Bandoeng.

On 5 March 1942, Batavia fell to the Japanese. In 1943 his father was sent as a POW to Tokyo. He, his mother, sister and grandmother were taken prison in the Japanese internment camps for women and children, first in Kramat and some months later in Tjideng (1943-1945). As a toddler (age 3-5) he was confronted with the separation from his father, the death of friends and of his grandmother (Elisabeth Henrica Pos 1885-1945) of exhaustion and disease and the emaciation and humiliation of his mother. From April 1944 the Tjideng camp was under the command of Captain Kenichi Sonei, who was responsible for many atrocities. Sonei was sentenced to death on September 2, 1946.

Following the surrender of Japan, Indonesia declared its independence on August 17, 1945. Jeroen's mother and children returned to the Netherlands in 1947. In 1948 their father followed them. Until 1950 Jeroen lived at home. But at age 10, he was sent to several Roman Catholic institutions, because he needed special psychological care. He had difficulties adjusting to normal life after his traumatic camp experiences in Indonesia. But his spiritual care-takers had no experience with the evil concentration camps.

Brouwers left the secondary MULO school in 1955. From 1958–1961 he had military service, after which he started working as an apprentice journalistic for De Gelderlander, a Dutch provincial newspaper (1961). In 1962 he became an editor of Romance magazine (later renamed as Avenue). From 1964 to 1976 he was editor of Publishing company Manteau in Brussels. After a conflict with Julien Weverbergh (26 May 1930, Antwerp), Brouwer left Manteau and became a succesfull professional writer.

In 1983, he published the essay "De laatste deur" about suicidal writers. In the Dutch Journal for Psychiatry, H. Corthals concluded in his essay "On psychiatry and literature" with Brouwers that the suicide rate under writers was not higher than in the general population, but that psychiatrists were at high risk. As writers (but not psychiatrist writers) could sublimate the risk.

In 1981, after the death of his mother, Brouwers wrote "Bezonken rood" (translated in 1988 as "Sunken Red") about his devastating life experiences in the Japanese camps.

He translated works of Robert Walser, Kurt Tucholsky and Gottfried August Bürger (Münchhausen) into the Dutch language. He also wrote biographies of Edith Piaf and Louis Couperus.

He got many of the major literary awards of the Dutch and Flemish governments, including the Multatuli (1980) and Constantijn Huygens Prize (1993.) But he refused the prestigious "Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren" (2007), which was in his eyes insultingly low (€16,000).

Link to Wikipedia


  • role played of/by Walser, Robert (born 15 April 1878). Notes: Dutch translator of Walser
  • other kind of relationship with Tucholsky, Kurt (born 9 January 1890). Notes: Dutch Translator of Tucholsky
  • other kind of relationship with Vloten, Gerlof van (born 7 June 1866). Notes: "De laatse deur" (The last door)


  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1943 (Tjideng camp)
  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 2 September 1945 in Jakarta (Surrender of Japan, but still in prison)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1964 (Edith Piaf. Lyrische straatmus (biography)

Source Notes

Selma Schepel gives 30 April 1940 at 10h00 AM Batavia as "from him" in Sterrentijd 43 of 1 Oct 1993. His biographer Johan Vandenbroucke gives shortly past 10.30 AM (even over half elf in de ochtend) in "Jeroen Brouwers. Het verhaal van een oeuvre"( Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, April 2015 ).

Jeroen Brouwers · dbnl

H. Corthals: De ziel en de letter (The soul and the letters)


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Lost his faith in his parents (Bezonken rood))
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : PTSD (Tjideng camp experiences 1943-45)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (War, prison camp (1943-45), fatherless from 1943-1948)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (1943, family seperated)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer (Edith Piaf and Louis Couperus)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Manteau, Brussels)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (Robert Walser, Kurt Tucholsky)