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In August 1914 war broke out across Europe. Within months, hundreds of men were interned on Torrens Island, in the Port River estuary north-west of Adelaide. Sailors taken off enemy ships, Germans and Austrians living in South Australia, and even some naturalised British subjects found themselves behind barbed wire.
Once on Torrens Island, the men became prisoners of war, out of sight and under guard. They had no idea how long they would be held, and wartime censorship suppressed details of their detention. It was only years later that the brutal behaviour of the camp’s commandant was revealed.
Observations of camp life survive in the compelling photographs of Paul Dubotzki and the diary of professional boxer Frank Bungardy. They are brought together in this new exhibition at the Migration Museum, one which tells the little-known story of Torrens Island internment camp and offers another perspective on the South Australian experience of the First World War.
Interned: Torrens Island, 1914-1915
German presidency of the G7
Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.
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30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”
The special issue of DE Magazin Deutschland on the subject “Remembrance and commemoration” focuses on three anniversaries in 2014. The First World War broke out 100 years ago. The Second World War began 75 years ago. The fall of the Wall 25 years ago was the first step on the path to German reunification. Essays by and interviews with renowned historians and political scientists analyse the events and their effects on the present. Young people from Europe, the United States and Israel describe how they feel about these historical events and why they actively support their commemoration.
Remembrance and commemoration – First World War, Second World War, fall of the Wall