At the Engländerlager Ruhleben: British 'Enemy Aliens' in the First World War
- Date: Thursday 15 December 2016, 13:00 – 14:00
- Location: Treasures of the Brotherton
- Cost: Free, booking required
A free lunchtime talk about the Ruhleben Camp in the First World War with Dr Claudia Sternberg.
In 1914, men in Britain and the Empire were mobilised to fight on the front. The populations at home braced themselves for war. But what happened to British husbands, wives and children who lived in Germany when war was declared? What became of tourists, seamen, professionals, academics and students who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Over 5,000 British civilians were interned near Berlin between 1914 and 1918. Drawing on personal documents from Leeds University’s Liddle Collection, Dr Claudia Sternberg introduces some of the internees and their families and considers life in the camp, European mobility before the war and conditions at the time of repatriation.
This is a free talk but spaces are limited so booking is essential.
See here for more information including how to book.
Image: Ruhleben Horse-Box (detail), drawing by Robert Walker (Ruhleben 1917), produced by A. Page & Co., London.