Anti-German riots in London

Reports on anti-German riots in London, September 1914 and July 1917.

Anti-German riots occurred intermittently in British towns and cities during the First World War. The first report shown here describes damage caused to German bakers' shops in the East London district of Poplar shortly after the outbreak of war. The second recounts various attacks on shops that occurred in North London after the German air raid on 7 July 1917, which killed 57 civilians. Home Office officials were hardly sympathetic to the cause of the victims of such unrest: the cover sheet for the riots in Poplar concluded that 'the Germans deserved what they got.'
Catalogue reference: HO 45/10944/257142 (17 Sep 1914, 9 Jul 1917)

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