The Barbed Wire Café: The Amazing Story of German Internment Camps in Australia

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The Barbed Wire Café: The Amazing Story of German Internment Camps in Australia

<p>When 7,000 people with German and Austrian heritage were detained by Australia during WWI, Paul Dubotzki, a Bavarian photographer, was among them. The internees came from all walks of life and many

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When 7,000 people with German and Austrian heritage were detained by Australia during WWI, Paul Dubotzki, a Bavarian photographer, was among them. The internees came from all walks of life and many had lived in Australia for decades. Author Nadine Helmi rediscovered Dubotzki’s long-lost collection of 1000 photos taken in the three camps at Liverpool, Berrima and Trial Bay. The stunning images offer a fascinating snapshot of the theatrical events, small businesses and sports that boosted the mens' spirits. Together with rare diary excerpts an almost forgotten chapter of Australia’s history will come to life in this captivating presentation.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • A power slide show of brilliant black-and white photos will take the participants to the fascinating world which the German and Austrian prisoners created for themselves during their internment.
  • The stunning images will reflect resilience and ingenuity of the men in the 3 internment camps established in NSW: Liverpool, Berrima and Trial Bay.
  • Participants will be introduced to the historical background leading up to war-time Anti-German legislation and the creation of German internment-camps in Australia.
  • The impact of WWI on the previously highly regarded German community in Australia will be discussed.
  • Short excerpts of diaries will be read and complement the photos. Thus, this almost forgotten, but important episode in Australian history will come to life.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have gained major insights into a very important yet barely know chapter in Australia’s history.
  2. Evaluate anew the much-discussed WWI era.
  3. Consider the impact of WWI on the German community in Australia.