WW2 internment art in Great Britain

A while ago I started a Kitchener Twitter account and linked it to this website.

Thus, whatever I link to on Twitter appears here: on the home page on a desktop – look at the right-hand side of the page and you’ll see it there.

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow Kitchener tweets directly, at

@kitchenercamp

Most days I try to link to items that have some relevance to issues that relate to our shared Kitchener camp history.

These have included events at Jewish museums and libraries, for example, or posts by the Leo Baeck Institute, tweets on their work by World Jewish Relief and the Association of Jewish Refugees, and information by writers, journalists, and academics on the Shoah and related issues.

Today is interesting because there is a ‘Twitter conference’ going on, under the hashtag  (War Through Other Stuff). The various papers are not in-depth studies such as you would hear at a mainstream academic conference – although many of the feeds link to more substantial work if you want to follow it up.

The short feeds do, however, offer some fascinating insights and provide some great images, such as the one below from the Imperial War Museum, which I’d never seen before, relating to the turn against German, Austrian, and Italian Jewish refugees that led to mass internment in 1940 – in which many Kitchener men were caught up.

Kitchener camp, Twitter conference #WTOStc Rachel Pistol on art during internment in WWII
Twitter conference #WTOStc Rachel Pistol on art during internment in WWII

This screenshot is taken from Dr Rachel Pistol’s piece on Twitter this morning, titled ‘WW2 internment art in Great Britain’, which relates to her 2017 Bloomsbury publication, ‘Internment during the Second World War: A Comparative Study of Great Britain and the USA’.

Rachel’s Twitter conference feed also includes images of internee art commemorated on Isle of Mann stamps, pictures etched into the window blinds at Hutchinson camp, and woodcuts of the terrible conditions at Warth Mills near Manchester.