|1950 Child Custody Victim Bertha Hertogh Dies at 72
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) -- Bertha Hertogh or Nadra, who made world headlines in 1950 when she became the centre of a legal conflict between her Dutch parents and a her adoptive Muslim mother, died at her residence in Huijbergen, The Netherlands yesterday.
She was 72.
Hertogh or fondly known as Nadra when she lived in Singapore and Indonesia, died of leukimia, according to a statement from Malaysia's ambassador to The Netherlands, Dr Fauziah Mohd Taib that was e-mailed to Bernama here, Thursday.
After the judge assigned her to her Dutch parents, riots broke out between Muslims and Christians in Singapore, which resulted in 18 deaths and 200 hundred others injured.
Dr Fauziah said for many people, Nadra, who was born in Bandung, Indonesia, remained an icon in the battle against British imperialism and an example of what religious differences could lead to.
She later returned to The Netherlands, but her heart always remained in Malaysia and Indonesia, Fauziah added.
In 1999, Nadra returned to this region for the first time since the riots to film a documentary for a Dutch television station.
"According to Hertogh, her childhood had been the only period in her life that she was really happy. Bertha Hertogh is remembered as a loving and caring woman who continuously dedicated her life to others. Her own happiness always came in second," said Dr Fauziah.
At the moment, a motion picture titled Nadra is in pre-production stage in Singapore, Malaysia and The Netherlands.
The film captures the pespective of Nadra and the events that led to the riots and how she became a victim of religious and colonial conflicts.
The film is directed by Ben Sombogaart and is expected to be released in the fall of 2010.