Remembering the G30S, What’s in the Crocodile Pit Museum?

Remembering the G30S, What’s in the Crocodile Pit Museum?

Crocodile Hole Museum who is on Jalan Pancasila Sakti Monument, Lubang Buaya, Cipayung district, in East Jakarta, witnessed the black history of the kidnapping and killing of seven Indonesian Army officers when the incident happened. G30S or the September 30, 1965 Movement.

That night, seven military officers were kidnapped and brutally murdered. Those who committed this brutal act kidnapped the officers and took them to Lubang Buaya.

The seven officers include Lieutenant General Ahmad Yani, Major General Raden Soeprapto, Major General Mas Tistodarmo Haryono, Major General Siswondo Parman, Brigadier General Donald Isaac Panjaitan, Brigadier General Sutoyo Siswodiharjo, and Lieutenant General Pierre Andreas Tendean.

Lubang Buaya itself is the name of the narrow well where the seven TNI AD officers were thrown after being tortured. The bodies of the seven revolutionary heroes were discovered on October 4, 1965 in the Lubang Buaya Rubber Forest.

The bodies of the seven officers were found in an old well, which was full of dry leaves. The old well in Lubang Buaya itself is 15 meters deep. Seven TNI AD officers were later awarded as revolutionary heroes.

To remember the deeds of the revolutionary heroes, you can visit Crocodile Hole Museum or known as Pancasila Sakti Monument.

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So, what’s in it? Here are the things you can see at the Crocodile Hole Museum

Pancasila Sakti Monument

Officials clear the Pancasila Sakti monument in Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta, Wednesday (30/9/2020).  The Pancasila Memorial Day will be held on October 1, 2020 there.  BETWEEN PHOTOS/Asprilla Dwi Adha/aww.Pancasila Sakti Monument. (Photo: ANTARA FOTO/ASPRILLA DWI ADHA)

The seven TNI AD officers who died in the incident were later awarded the title of Hero of the Revolution.

As a form of respect for the Heroes of the Islamic Revolution, the government erected a large monument of Pancasila Sakti near the place of bloodshed, in fact, about 45 meters north of the cup of the well of death.

The statues of the Heroes of the Revolution stand behind a 17-meter-tall wall decorated with the Garuda Pancasila statue.

Under the statue there is a relief showing the events, events, and the suppression of G30S/PKI by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia (ABRI) and the people.

The Pit of Death

The old well which is the place where the bodies of G30S/PKI are dumped is called Sumur Maut. This well has a diameter of 75 centimeters and a depth of 12 meters.

With this diameter, the Heroes of the Islamic Revolution who were thrown into the well, are in a state of being lined up with each other. Lubang Buaya’s death pit can only contain one body.

After the discovery of the well on October 3, 1965, the bodies of those who were killed were removed on October 4 and buried in the Kalibata Heroes’ Cemetery.

The house of torture

The place of torture is near the well of death. During the violence, it is said that the G30S/PKI group used the balcony of this house as a place to hold and torture TNI AD officers before killing them and throwing them into the death pit.

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