Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
Axis Captives in Britain, c. 1939-1948
Between 1939 and 1948 some 150,000 Italian and 400,000 German prisoners of war were held in camps across Britain. This talk historian Alan Malpass will provide an overview of how the British government handled their captivity. Furthermore, it will explain the changing public opinion towards the prisoners. One issue it will focus on in particular is the repatriation of German prisoners. The end of war in Europe did not signal the end of their captivity. German prisoners were employed across Britain to help post-war reconstruction and food production. Their continued captivity concerned the British public, most of all Victor Gollancz, who organised a campaign in 1946 to press Prime Minister Attlee to allow the prisoners to return home.
Captivity and Humanity: Prisoners of War and Internees
This archival exhbition will feature documents related to POWs and internees in Britain, but also British internees and POWS in Europe. These materials will be available for attendees to explore.
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