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York's enemy alien internees

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Life wasn’t good in York 100 years ago if you had a German-sounding name. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the launch of a new walking trail which reveals some surprising facts about life in the city during the First World War Ninety-eight years ago, as York struggled to get to grips with the fact that the nation was at war with Germany, a tented city sprang up in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower.
    It was a temporary detention centre for German-born civilians, who had been arrested when the First World War broke out.

    The city, like much of the rest of the country, was in the grip of a wave of paranoid ‘spy fever’. Anyone with a German-sounding name was at risk: and families were torn apart.
    ‘Enemy aliens’ with German-sounding names from all over the county were brought to the encampment. They included Edward Schumacher, a 62-year-old engineer with a workshop in Coffee Yard, who had been arrested while boarding a tram to Acomb ."

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