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Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687558.001.0001

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Networks of Association

Networks of Association

The Social and Intellectual Lives of Academics in Manx Internment Camps during the Second World War

(p.96) 5 Networks of Association
Ark of Civilization

Harold Mytum

Oxford University Press

Many of those interned in the camps established for aliens on the Isle of Man during the Second World War were prominent intellectuals who had escaped Nazi persecution to find sanctuary in Britain through the support of academics at Oxford and elsewhere. Through the examination of correspondence, camp newspapers, contemporary photographs, and artefacts, it is possible to trace patterns of association between internee intellectuals and those outside. These networks reflected already established connections, but internment itself both altered perceptions and led to new friendships. To illustrate the complexity of these networks, archaeologist Gerhard Bersu can be placed at the centre of a web of interactions on the Isle of Man and beyond. He was, unusually, interned for the whole of the war, and yet was allowed to leave camp to conduct archaeological excavations; his experience is contrasted with those who resided in alien camps for only a few months.

Keywords:   Gerhard Bersu, internment, Isle of Man, networks, alien camps

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