le camp d'internement 1914-1919
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).

Article published on 22 January 2013
last modification on 2 June 2015

by Olivier
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L’Île Longue (The Long Island) is located in the bay of Brest, (Brittany, Finistère) in the district of Crozon. During WW1, it became the most important internment camp for civilian internees as well as a significant place for German culture.

Right after the order of mobilization, on August 2, 1914, the citizens from the European Central Powers who were in France were arrested. The number of « concentration camps » - the official term in use at that time - increased.

The camp of « Île Longue » was built by the prisoners themselves in November 1914. Altogether, nearly 5,000 men were interned there : Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, Ottomans, Alsatians ... The presence of numerous intellectuals and artists made this place unique. The last prisoners left the camp at the end of 1919.

A weekly newspaper called « Die Insel-Woche » was published within the camp by some of the prisoners. In a letter to the authorities of Finistère, they asked to be allowed to send it to their families. That was refused to them. A century later, with the on-line publication of their newspaper, we can fulfill their wish !

We have set up this website so that their descendants may imagine, even partly, what the prisoners’ captivity was like. We would be very happy to get in touch with their families.

All History lovers are welcome !

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