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Le camp d’internés 1914-1919

Dieser Internet-Auftritt verfolgt das Ziel, möglichst viele Informationen über das Internierungslager auf der Ile Longue zusammenzustellen, damit Historiker und Nachkommen der Internierten sich ein Bild von den Realitäten dieses bisher wenig bekannten Lagers machen können - nicht zuletzt auch, um die bedeutenden kulturellen Leistungen der Lagerinsassen zu würdigen.

Le but de ce site est de prendre contact avec les familles des prisonniers allemands, autrichiens, hongrois, ottomans, alsaciens-lorrains... qui ont été internés, pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, dans le camp de l’Ile Longue (Finistère).

August 1st, 1914, right after the order of mobilization...
Article published on 22 January 2013
last modification on 2 June 2015

by Roger
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August 1st, 1914, right after the order of mobilization is given, the Allies arrest, on sometimes doubtful legal bases, civil nationals of the central European Powers on their metropolitan and colonial territories. In France, the “concentration camps”, the official term used at the time, multiply, to accommodate these civil internees. The distance of the border predisposes the Atlantic coast to this function. Only in the department of Finistère there will be five camps: Crozon, Kerbénéat (municipality of Plunéventer), Lanvéoc, Ile de Sieck (municipality of Santec) and Ile Longue (municipality of Crozon).
The camp of the Long island, built by the prisoners themselves, from autumn, 1914, will see 5 000 men passing through, Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, Ottomans, and people of Alsace- Lorraine. More than 500 of them were captured on September 2nd, 1914, in the English Channel, aboard the Dutch passenger ship “Nieuw-Amsterdam” which brings German and Austrian reservists from New York to the Netherlands (a neutral country). Among them are numerous artists who are going to make this small promontory of the natural harbor of Brest a center of the German culture.
This site, designed so that their families or the amateurs of history can reconstruct a part of what was their captivity, is dedicated to them.


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