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Folder for Douglas Internment Camp etchings

Date made: 1918

Description: A buff coloured thin cardboard folder with a printed etching on front cover with an illustration of the crenulated tower, barbed wire fence and view out to sea at Douglas Internment Camp. Printed on front cover 'Original Radierungeren aus dein Civilgefangenenlager Douglas, Insel Man, Eut*fen von: Fritz Nettel. Radierf von: Adolf Riegers - 1918'.

The etchings belonged to donor's uncle, Wilhelm Hess, of Rudersheim, am Rhein, Germany (c.1870-c.1950). Wilhelm Hess arrived in Britain in 1912-13, importer of haberdashery for hats (feathers and ribbons). Donor was niece of original owners's wife. He was training to be in the wine trade and went back to Germany after the First World War to his wife.

During the First World War (1914-1918) the Isle of Man was used as an internment base for civilian ‘enemy aliens’. They were held in two camps, a requisitioned holiday camp in Douglas and a purpose built camp located at Knockaloe near Peel on the west coast of the Island. These held at their peaks over 4,000 and 23,000 men in some cases for nearly five years between opening in 1914 and final closure in 1919.

Measurements: overall: 30.5 cm x 24 cm

Materials: cardboard, paper

Object name: folder

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2008-0023/1



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