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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).

baron Adolf von Weichs (En)
Article published on 9 September 2012
last modification on 21 November 2013
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As president of the of German help association, the Baron Adolf von Weichs was one of the major representatives of the prisoners towards the French authorities and the foreign humanitarian organizations (particularly Swiss and American).

The Baron Adolf von Weichs

Because of his social position, and the importance of his function, it is very possible, that he is one of the men who contributed to create this relatively accommodating, responsible and peaceful spirit which seems to have reigned in Ile Longue. And to what extent did he do it?
One of his distant nephews, Baron Benedikt von Weichs, was not obviously capable of answering this question. On the other hand, what he was able to tell us and which is interesting, is that on the pages of the newspaper “Die Insel-Woche” he recognized immediately his great-uncle. The portrait is thus of good quality. See: Die Insel-Woche N 17 of 29 July, 1917, on the second page. The article which we can read there underlines the very high respect which Baron Adolf von Weichs received from his comrades.
In view of a probable departure (internment in Switzerland or repatriation) because of precarious health - Baron von Weichs gives up his functions of president, on August 1st, 1917. His successor will be the prisoner Martin Olsen.

Note:
To help the poor and destitute prisoners, a national help Association existed in the camp. Read for example (Association of German help, p. 3 and Association of Austria-Hungary help, p. 4.)
Acknowledgement:
We thank Mr. Benedikt von Weichs, to be kind enough to answer our questions concerning his great-uncle Adolf von Weichs and to have provided us with the letters of and to his great-uncle dating from the period of the World War I. These letters not being directly connected to the camp of the Ile Longue will not be reproduced here.


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