'The Doom of the Van Imhoff' deals with a horrible shipping disaster and a mysterious cover-up. In 1942, a ship holding German civilian prisoners is sunk near Sumatra, present-day Indonesia. The Dutch crew saves itself, but leaves the 477 Germans to drown. 65 people survive and take control of the Dutch East Indies island Nias.
Two decades later, in 1965, a VARA journalist wants to broadcast a report about what happened. But the VARA, at the advice of the Dutch government, forbids him to do so. For this series we have been looking for relatives of both perpetrators and victims, and together with them we will reconstruct what really happened.