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A fascinating read and insight into this little known aspect of British WWII history.
on 26 July 2009
My mother was born and brought up in the Isle of Man and never referred to the internment camps except to say that the alarms went all night if an internee escaped. I didn't think much of it as a child. It is only recently that the full force of the British government's actions during World War II came home to me and I wanted to read more. This is an excellent book for describing the whys, wheres and whos of the internment camps. It gives an insight into the way people were rounded up in Britain indescriminately because of the their nationality, that, in the confusion and unpreparedness of the early days of the war, jews were interned with nazi sympathisers, and that there were many holding camps on the mainland too, some in unexpected places. But it isn't all negative. The camp occupants made the best of their lot; they ran businesses, had their own currency, put on theatre and musicals, published newspapers and supported the local farming community to mutual benefit. I am sure it was hard and scary for them; being parted from their husbands and extended families. But it must have been hard for the Manx people too. This book is a good, easy read and is one of the few around that offer any sort of insight into this never spoken about British aspect of WWII history.