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Civilian Internment in Australia during World War II


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Nearly 15,000 civilians were interned in Australian camps during World War II. Klaus Neumann provides a brief overview of Australia’s internment policies at the time and demonstrates their effects. Using records from the National Archives, he introduces 10 people of various ethnic origins and political beliefs who were interned and discusses the profound effects internment had on their lives. A compelling and fascinating account of a little known chapter in Australian history.

Award winner of 2007 NSW Premiers History Prize – the John and Patricia Ward Prize for use of archives in writing history

Author: Klaus Neumann
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 124

ISBN 1 920807 38 1

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