Engraving and Embroidering Emotions Upon the Material Culture of Internment

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During the German occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War, around 2,200 Channel Islanders were deported to civilian internment camps in Germany and Austria. This chapter explores the range of objects and artworks that these internees made out of scavenged materials. The items represent experiences of deportation and internment, and through them, internees expressed their emotions, frustrations, homesickness, and boredom.


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British Red Cross Museum and Archive


International Committee of the Red Cross


Jersey Archives



The author sincerely thanks the Guernsey Deportee Association, the Jersey ex-Internee Association, the Jersey Heritage Collections, the British Red Cross Museum and Archives, the Cambridge Heritage Research Group, the British Academy, the Société Jersiaise, Tom Remfrey, Michael Ginns, Gillian Lenfesty, Gisela Rothenhäusler, Reinhold Adler, Gwen Bisson, Richard Heaume, Graham Jackson, Mark Norman, Peter Sirett and the heirs of Edna Dorrian.


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  1. 1.Institute of Continuing Education, University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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