Lunchtime Talks: At The Engländerlager Ruhleben
Over 5,000 British civilians were interned near Berlin between 1914 and 1918. Drawing on personal documents from Leeds University’s Liddle Collection, Dr Claudia Sternberg introduces some of the internees and their families and considers life in the camp, European mobility before the war and conditions at the time of repatriation.
In 1914, men in Britain and the Empire were mobilised to fight on the front. The populations at home braced themselves for war. But what happened to British husbands, wives and children who lived in Germany when war was declared? What became of tourists, seamen, professionals, academics and students who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time?
The Lunchtime Talk series is a collaboration between Leeds City Council, Leeds Central Library and Leeds Univeristy's Brotherton Library, which delivers free monthly talks exploring at a diverse range of topics and subjects delivered by researchers and staff who work with their collections