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“No way out”: The Ettrick, Camp L and Camp N – Internment in Canada

27 October 2020 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Camp L, Quebec City, Canada. Library and Archives Canada

On May 12, 1940, policemen knocked on doors all along the coast of Britain, from Nairn to Hampshire. “Pack a suitcase and come with us,” they ordered. The coastal area was now restricted. The internment of refugees had begun. Hunger, filth, dehumanizing inspections, boredom, and depression plagued them. For those doomed to a horrific journey on the HMT Ettrick, it was that and more. The arrival in Canada, first to Camp L and then Camp N (the ‘Kosher’ camp), did little to improve their plight.

Diaries, documents, and interviews at the Imperial War Museum—oral and written—as well as interviews with five survivors describe the intense hardships suffered by all and the spirit that helped to overcome them. The experience changed lives and, as fate would have it, created opportunities.

As part of our series of talks marking the 80th anniversary of the British government’s internment of so-called ‘enemy aliens’ in 1940, Nancy Greenspan, author of Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs, will discuss this still under-explored aspect of World War Two internment history.

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27 October 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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