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A camp ‘full of once and future very important persons’: Fred Uhlman and Kurt Schwitters in wartime internment

Charmian Brinson, Emeritus Professor of German, Imperial College London

Date/Time: Tuesday 28 November 2017

In 1940, thousands of enemy aliens were interned in camps around Britain, most on the Isle of Man. One of the largest was the so-called artists’ camp, Hutchinson Camp in Douglas. Inmates included painters such as Fred Uhlman and Kurt Schwitters, composers, musicians, writers, academics and architects. This talk considered the internment process and life in a camp comprised of intellectuals.