Re: Internment by British. #general


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In a message dated 5/23/2006 11:31:57 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
dmason@alphalink.com.au writes:

< Regarding the internment of people by the British on the Isle of Man.
The
English genealogy magazine "Family Tree Magazine" carried a two-part
article "The internment of enemy civilians in wartime Britain" by Tom Wood
in its November and December 1998 issues. >

==Does anyone have a copy of this article? Can anyone guide me to the text
of the article on the web?

==My father and many of our relatives and friends >from Tyneside were
arrested on a Sunday morning right after the German invasion of Holland and
Belgium. They were kept in a local army barracks then sent to Huyton Camp near
Liverpool where the food was inadequate.

==They were then marched down to the docks between rows of jeering locals
who had been assured that these were Nazi spies and Sturmwaffe agents. >from
there they were shipped to the Isle of Man where, so I have heard, they were put
up in seaside hotels and had much autonomy. Orthodox people were able to
stay together and enjoy home-made kosher food and all religious obligations (My
father was let out early on health grounds; his first act was to organize the
dispatch of shofars and prayer books for the High Holydays.)

==There were university-level lectures and courses with scholars and artists
of international rank.

==The United States interred most of its Japanese residents in 1942. After
the war there was an enquiry that resulted in an apology for the former
internees and a symbolic payment of compensation. Was that ever done for these
Jewish refugees in the UK?

Michael Bernet, New York

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