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Interview with Carla Emmanuel about her time as a Second World War internee

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Date(s): 20th century

Scope & Content: Carla Emmanuel talks about her parents and her own experience as a Second World War internee in the Isle of Man. She talks about as a teenager arriving in Britain with her parents just before the outbreak of hostilities; awaiting onward travel to America; the tribunal system and her father’s classification; her parents interned separately in the Isle of Man; the internees organising themselves; difficulty of sending mail.

She describes how she was interned later in the Isle of Man; segregation in family camp of Jewish families and Nazi sympathisers; life interned in Ballaqueeney Hotel, Port St Mary; becoming a voluntary internee at the age of 16; earning money; father’s reclassification and leaving internment; her feelings on joining her parents; travel to the island; camp security; father’s work before and after internment; mother’s internment; her shared room before moving to family camp; money, shops and shopping; reaction of locals to internees; system of camp leave; other children and education in the camps; celebration of Jewish festivals; how Jewish families felt about being interned; those who went to Canada; feelings on leaving the island; healthcare for internees.

Language: English

Extent: 36 min. 8 sec.

Item name: magnetic tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0173

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