Internment kindergarten

A photograph of a kindergarten (class for young children) in an internment camp, 1940, Catalogue ref: HO 213/1053.

Over 8,000 people were interned and, of these, about 5,000, including women and young children, were sent to Port Erin and Port St Mary on the Isle of Man. They were held in crowded housing and separated from the rest of the island by barbed wire fencing. As the war progressed, the government released many of the internees who were judged not to be a threat back to their homes but some spent the whole war behind wire.


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