Visualising a community in incarceration: Images from civilian internees on Rottnest Island and in Ruhleben During the first world war

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Abstract

© 2016 School of Humanities & Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales.This article analyses wartime images created by civilian internees during their incarceration in 1914/1915. Their paintings, sketches and photographs are used to create a sense of a civil community and challenge stories about relentless hostility. As the juxtaposed images from the Ruhleben Camp near Berlin and the Rottnest Island Internment Camp in Australia show, cross-cultural encounters between Germans and Australians were experienced and depicted with striking similarities. Generally, descriptions and discussions of civilian and POW internment were over-determined by propaganda and censorship, but this paper seeks to highlight a more private and humane side of internment, as captured by pen, paint and camera.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalWar and Society
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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