Launch Event for Exhibition (hybrid): Behind the Wire - Internment during the First World War. The Global German Experience

Join us for the opening of an exhibition on ‘Internment during the First World War. The Global German Experience’

During the First World War, German civilians were interned as ‘enemy aliens’ in British Empire locations around the world. The biggest internment camp was Knockaloe on the Isle of Man, holding 22,000 prisoners. This exhibition opens up new perspectives and formats for presenting the history of wartime internment. Alongside eighteen panels, a Virtual Reality Experience will give viewers an immersive experience of Fort Napier Camp in South Africa.

The exhibition Behind the Wire and the Virtual Reality Experience will be shown at the German Historical Institute, London, until 30 June 2023.

Academic lead contacts are :
Professor Stefan Manz (Aston University Birmingham; and
Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University;

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