‘COLLAR THE LOT!’: HOW BRITAIN INTERNED AND EXPELLED ITS WARTIME REFUGEES.

Gillman, Peter & Leni.


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1st ed., 1980. Xiv + 334 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE On July 2nd 1940 the 15,000-ton liner ARANDORA STAR was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic, west of Ireland. The Italians and Germans on board were among the 8,000 internees deported to Canada and Australia – and they in turn formed only part of the total of almost 30,000 ‘enemy aliens’ who had been arrested. This was a dramatic reversal of the policy announced in 1939, when the British government promised that the anti-civilian excesses of World War I would not be repeated. Ironically too, most of those arrested had fled to Britain as refugees from Nazi persecution, and wanted only that she should triumph over Germany. In researching how and why all this happened the authors overcame the barrier of official silence that still surrounded the subject in Britain.


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