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Online: The Island of Extraordinary Captives – By The National Archives

12 June @ 7:30 pm BST

The true story of an artist, a spy and a wartime scandal. 

On 13 July 1940 the British government opened Hutchinson, an internment camp on the Isle of Man for so-called ‘enemy aliens’ – German, Austrian and Italian passport holders living in Britain at the time.

Among the inmates were world-renowned artists, musicians, and intellectuals: despite their captivity, they remained resilient, transforming their prison into an artistic and academic community.

Simon Parkin tells the gripping story and of these extraordinary captives and how they found hope even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Simon Parkin is a contributing writer for the New Yorker, and regularly writes for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. His book, The Island of Extraordinary Captives is a New York Times recommended read, and the winner of the 2023 Wingate Literary Prize.


Wednesday 12 June 2024, 7.30pm


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