German PoW Camp Café: Re-Education after the Second World War

German PoW Camp Café: Re-Education after the Second World War
12 November 2021, 5.00pm - 6.00pm
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By 1946 there were thousands of German prisoners of war in British camps awaiting repatriation, many of them convinced Nazi supporters. A government re-education programme aimed to counter Nazi indoctrination and spread democratic values, but what was it like in practice for those who taught in the camps and provided books to PoWs? To find out, bring your virtual tea and cake and join us for a quick quiz about PoWs and then a look at the archives of some German refugee educationalists who contributed to the scheme. This Being Human Café will be run by Jennifer Taylor, member of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, and Miller Archivist Clare George. Audience participation and discussion is encouraged!

The café will take place online, via the Zoom platform. Participation free; advance registration essential. Registration opens on 1 October and closes 11 November 2021. 

Image: Linocut by Otto Reer (1991-1995), from ‘Der neue Weg: deutsche Jugend im Radwinter North-Camp 180’, Essex: Issue 4, 1946, copy in the Paul and Charlotte Bondy Archive, Institute of Modern Languages Research / Senate House Library Archives, University of London,

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities, taking place 11-20 November 2021. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information, please see


Jane Lewin
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