Civilian internment in the Raj: Central and family internment camps c.1939-43

Malpass, A. (2023) Civilian internment in the Raj: Central and family internment camps c.1939-43. In: British Internment and the Internment of Britons: Second World War Camps, History and Heritage. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 221-238. ISBN 9781350266254

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September 1939 marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of civilian internment in the British Raj. During the Second World War, India reprised the role of ‘gaol of Empire’. In addition to interning European enemy aliens present in 1939, thousands more were shipped from the Middle and Far East to camps across India. This chapter provides a survey of the development of the main internment camps where German, Italian and other European nationalities were detained before the opening of the Dehra Dun Central Internment Camp (CIC). It outlines pre-war preparations, the initial arrest of enemy aliens and transfer from local reception camps to the Ahmednagar CIC before their interim stay at Deolali cantonment in the Nashik district of the Bombay Province. The establishment of family camps at Purandhar and Satara, also in Bombay, after the re-internment of enemy aliens in 1940 is discussed, as well as the Deoli camp in Ajmer which briefly held European internees from the Far East.Finally, the current status and legacy of these camps is considered

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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 08:25
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