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Event 20 of 35

Simon Parkin

The Island of Extraordinary Captives
Literary Lunch Event

Starts at: Wednesday 19 October 2:00 PM
Finishes at: Wednesday 19 October 3:00 PM

In July 1939, 73,000 desperate Germans and Austrians fled Nazism for the safety of Britain. Among them were prominent academics, artists and musicians, but the British media stoked fear and paranoia, labelling them enemy aliens and spies. Almost half were sent to camps, including the Hutchinson camp on the Isle of Man, site of this previously untold story. The island camp became a university of captives: men and women disregarded and left to fester. Journalist Simon Parkin shines much-needed light on this sore injustice, revealing the truth of what Max Hastings describes as a ‘sorry aspect of Britain’s war.’

A riveting piece of history, widely chosen as the book to watch in 2022.

12.30 pm Lunch and Talk

2.00 pm Talk

Simon Parkin - Official Website