The internees, among whom were an approximate contingent of 300, comprising merchant seamen primarily from Sierra Leone and the Aden Protectorate; an assortment of West Indians (musicians, entertainers and artisans); and other minorities, persevered in a largely indifferent 5,000-strong enclave.

Ruhleben 1914-1918: African Diaspora and Arab Civilians Interned in Germany

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Identified as British subjects, African diaspora and Arab male civilians who happened to be in Germany at the outbreak of the First World War, are highlighted in an exhibition depicting their experiences of being rounded up and interned at a makeshift camp, Ruhleben (a disused racecourse un-fit for human habitation), 10 kilometres outside Berlin.

The exhibition brings together rare images, biographical sketches and their own accounts, wherever it was possible, to present a nuanced appraisal of their internment, repatriation and beyond.

OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00, late night Thursday 10.30 – 20.00. CLOSED: SUN & MON. Free Entry. www.soas.ac.uk/gallery. Recorded info: 020 7898 4046, gallery@soas.ac.uk

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