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Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the interned Jewish intellectuals who turned an island prison into the most Remarkable School in the World
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Barbed Wire University: The Untold Story of the interned Jewish intellectuals who turned an island prison into the most Remarkable School in the World (Hardback)

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Barbed Wire University tells the extraordinary tale of Winston Churchill's internment of some of the most gifted Jewish refugee writers, professors, artists and painters of their generation in a camp on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. These were men who had fled Hitler's Germany, found refuge in Britain and then in the hysteria of 1940 were held in captivity as a perceived security threat. They turned the camp-Camp Hutchinson-into a school, concert hall and artistic community.

Using memoirs and diaries, some of which have only recently become available in archives, Dave Hannigan pieces together a richly detailed account of what these remarkable men did during their time in captivity. This is a forgotten corner of World War II and the way these men constructed a Bohemian idyll in the middle of the Irish Sea, their freedom taken from them, is an extraordinary tale of grit and creativity.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World War Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 01/12/2021 ISBN-13: 9781493057702  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dave Hannigan is columnist with the Irish Times (Dublin), the Evening Echo (Cork) and the Irish Echo (New York). He's a professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, and resides in Setauket, New York. This is his tenth book.

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