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Those known to have been held in or employed at
Oflag 7B Eichstätt, Bavaria
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Aldridge Alan.
- Alger J. D.. L/Col.
- Almond Edward John. Cpl.
- Ambery Peter.
- Andrew . Lieutenant
- Antrobus Tony. Padre
- Arden Eric.
- Armstrong .
- Barnett .
- Becquet Jacques Jean Charles. Capitaine-Commandant.
- Biggar Andrew.
- Blair James W. Major
- Brown Charles Frederick Peter. F/Lt.
- Burrough David Michael Charles. Lt.
- Carry Joe R.
- Channell Douglas.
- Clausner Jack.
- Cleaver Henry.
- Cochrane .
- Cowie .
- Craw Allan Cooper. Aircraftsman 1st Class
- Crouch .
- Cruickshank George.
- Cunningham Dan.
- Danforth . Lieutenant
- Davidson-Houston Aubrey. Major
- Dixon John.
- Doheny Daniel O'Connell. Lt.
- Doyle Brian Courtney. Capt.
- Ellis Dick.
- Fernand Antoine. Lt.
- Finlayson Wallace.
- Ford John Henry Terry. Lt.
- Fraser Peter.
- Fry Malcolm.
- Gall Hebbie.
- Goodliffe Michael. 2nd Lt.
- Grace Raymond.
- Gray George A.. Lt.
- Gray James William.
- Grayson Barrie.
- Guy Jimmy.
- Hellaby Victor.
- Hobkirk Ian Kenneth Cockburn. Capt.
- Hunter James Kenneth. Lt.
- Jackson Dick.
- Jamieson Sandy.
- Jardine-Paterson Noel.
- Jasperson Frederick Kent. Lt. Col
- Jeffery Ernest Frederic Hope. Cpt.
- Jickling Charles Benjamin Kemp. Capt. (d.14th Apr 1945)
- Johnson Tony.
- Kerr George.
- Kinsey Ernest Francis. Lt.
- Lazier Harold Franklin. Major
- Lister Ronald Walter.
- Llewelyn Desmond.
- Long John.
- MacDonald Peter. Lt.
- MacQueen Kenneth Haig. Lt.
- Martel Philip.
- McGregor Walter Leishman.
- McIrvine Brian.
- Meakin Denys G. Capt.
- Meakin Denys Gray. Cpt.
- Meek George. 2nd Lt.
- Merritt Charles Cecil Ingersoll. Lt Col.
- Nolan .
- Olive Tony.
- Oliver .
- Parkinson Rex.
- Peacock John.
- Porter Brian.
- Price Donald.
- Quartermaine Micke.
- Reith Douglas.
- Ritchie Dan.
- Scollay John.
- Shankley James. Capt.
- Sharpe Robert.
- Southall Tony.
- Stansfield John.
- Sutton Alec.
- Tait Norman Leslie Mcallum. Lt.
- Taylor Jack.
- Thom Rob.
- Thorpe-Woods Terence.
- Turnbull James Russell. Captain
- Usher Harry.
- Viney Elliott. Major
- Walker Peter.
- Waters . Lieutenant Colonel
- Wilson Lawrence.
- Wiremu Hemi. Capt.
- Wood J E.R.. Lieutenant
- Wood John.
- Wood Reg.
- Wood Richard.
- Wood Victor.
- Yates Michael.
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Capt. Denys G Meakin Staffordshire YeomanryMy uncle, Capt. Denys Meakin of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, was captured in the Peloponnese in 1941 and ended up in Oflag VIIB. I have several postcards and letters from him there to his brother (my father). They seem to have corresponded every two months. Apparently he was well treated by the Germans, and they were allowed to do "pretty much anything". He also mentioned several times that beer was available. However, his mental health deteriorated in captivity, and he was repatriated on medical grounds around the beginning of 1945; he was never able to work again. >John Meakin
Capt. James Shankley 5/7th Btn. Gordon HighlandersMy father was in the 5th/7th Gordons, 51st Highland Division, and taken prisoner at St Valery but like most POW's, he never talked openly about his experience. I only remember him talking 2/3 times - all after a few "pink" gins.....
The story that springs to mind is when they were captured and moved on by the Germans. They were held in a field whilst the German officers conferred. Whilst this was going on the British officers were busy burying knives, lugers etc.!! The Germans then walked along behind the officers and gently patted their kilts - waiting for the rustle of silk revealing the presence of a silk map !!! After they were moved away the Germans then went over the field with a mine detector to find all the "hidden" items.
This may or may not be true, but it was one of the few stories I truly remember. Lt Col James Shankley died in 1991 after a spell in hospital where the horrors of war came back to him. His family has no information regarding where he was, other than an internet-gained note that he was at the camp at Eichstatt (Oflag 7b). If anyone has any information ???Peter Shankley
Capt. Brian Courtney "Jack" Doyle Worcestershire RegimentCaptain Brian Courtenay Doyle was captured at Wormhoudt near Dunkirk in early June 1940 and spent the rest of the war in various POW camps. He spoke of a variety of camps including a Polish reprisal camp, I'm not sure what he meant by that. He definitely spent time in Laufen and ended the war at Eichstatt in Oflag V11B.A Doyle
Lt. Kenneth Haig MacQueen 8th 2/7th Regt.My father, Ken MacQueen, was captured on Crete by the Germans and I believe spent time in several camps. One of the addresses stamped in a book is Oflag 7B. My father was also a friend of Bev. McGeogh whose son, Jim, has provided some information.Christina MacQueen
Padre Tony AntrobusFather Anthony Antrobus was the Catholic Army chaplain at Oflag VIIB and after the war returned to his native Liverpool and life as a parish priest. He was great friends with my father.Dominic Kinsey
Lt. Ernest Francis Kinsey Army Education CorpsMy father Ernest Francis Kinsey was captured in Crete on the 1st of June 1941 and after spells in Oflag XC and Oflag VIB was transferred to Oflag VIIB in Eichstaett on 8th September 1942 and spent the rest of the war there. (The dates are all from his German 'Personalkarte I' which I still have). His POW no. was 3443.
At the start of the war my father was a regular soldier stationed in Egypt. From there he went to Greece and then Crete. At the time of his capture he was a Lieutenant (I think) in the Army Education Corps (A.E.C) probably seconded to the Intelligence Corps. He was a ciphers officer (probably the chief ciphers officer) on Crete.
My father was on the march from Oflag VIIB to Moosburg which was strafed by American fighters. He never talked much about this and I only found out the full horrific details a few years ago from internet searches. His only story about the strafing, recounted many times, was how his friend Brian Porter had apologised profusely for having broken their biscuits after they dived into a ditch to take cover.
Oflag VIIB was close to the town of Eichstaett, site of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga. The tomb of St. Walburga is in the abbey and at regular intervals oil produced by liquefaction used to flow from the tomb. Towards the end of the war my father was allowed to accompany the camp's Catholic army chaplain Padre Tony Antrobus on a visit to the abbey. They also met the abbess who presented my father with a vial of oil from the tomb. The vial was kept in a finely embroidered container which my father afterwards kept pinned to his vest. He had it on the march. After the camp was liberated my father was flown back to England from Landshut. The plane in front of the plane carrying my father crashed on take off from Landshut killing all on board. You may or may not believe in miracles. I think my father probably did. My sister is named Walburga.
The second story relates to the camp commandant, an old Prussian officer name Blatter (I think) nicknamed 'Heldentodt'. Sometime during the war period a German guard on night duty at the camp panicked when hearing suspicious noises in the latrines and threw a grenade into the latrine building. The details are not clear but someone was killed and after the war the commandant was accused of war crimes as a result of this incident. Padre Tony Antrobus gave evidence in his favour and 'Heldentodt' was cleared. As a sign of gratitude the ex-commandant presented Tony Antrobus with a large pen drawing of Eichstaett market square. Tony gave it to my father and we still have it today. The inscription on the back of the drawing confirms the story.
Father Anthony Antrobus was the Catholic Army chaplain at Oflag VIIB and after the war returned to his native Liverpool and life as a parish priest. He was great friends with my father.Dominic Kinsey
Lt. John Henry Terry Ford Reconnaissance CorpsI am trying to peice together some information about my grandfather John Ford who passed away in 1991. I know he volunteered to go to Finland and is listed as being in Group Sisu. I know from a book written by Jerome Caminada entitled "My Purpose Holds" that he helped Giles Romilly attempt to escape from Wulzberg some time prior to April 1942, he is referred to as Jack Ford. From the same book I understand that by April 1942 he was in Tost bei Gleiwitz when he, Charles Averill and Jerome Caminada tried to escape. In September 1942 he and Charles Averill assisted Jerome Caminada in a successful escape. The book follows the escape of Caminada and my grandfather's story goes cold.
From information on the Ancestry website on British Prisoners of War a J H Ford is listed as being a prisoner in Oflag V11-B, Eichstatt. I am assuming this is my grandfather although there is not a date to state what period he was held prisoner here. Would anyone be able to assist me with any further information or does any one remember him?Jacqueline Keir
Lt. George A. Gray Kings Own Scottish BorderersI am in the possession of 22 letters and some snapshots of a POW, Lt George A. Gray. The first letter dates May 28th 1941, the last March 24th 1944. They record the POW Camps he was in: On the 24th of May 1941 he is in Oflag VII-D; this is Tittmoning Castle, in south-eastern Bavaria On the 28th of November 1941 he is in Oflag VI-B; this is near Dessel (nowadays part of the town of Warburg in the north west of Germany) (1) On the 24th of November 1942 he is in Oflag VII-B; in Eichstï¿½tt. He mentions Brig. W.Southam as a good friend (also photo) His last letter from the 24th of March 1944 is also from Oflag VII-B (as were all letters between both dates)
From certain details in his later letters I conclude that George probably belonged to the 41 prisoners that escaped from this camp in the Warburg Wire Job in August 1942.
In 1941 George was 33 years old, so he must have been born appr. 1908. He describes himself as a small chap, 5 foot 9 (1.72 m.) His father was Scottish, his mother English. He was married and had children (don't know how many, but at least two) Iin 1943 he writes: I will be living in England after the war. I have sold my house in Lockerbie, but I still hope to show you that charming countryside. During (and because of) the war his wife, named Gladys, and children stayed in their summerhouse in the Isle of Man. George worked for nine years (appr. 1925-1934) in the Garanty Trust Co. of New York & Liverpool. From 1934 he worked in the company of his brother-in-law, Jack Bibby: J. Bibby and Sons Ltd in Liverpool and sold cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs etc. George's father died in November 1942 after a heart attack; his mother, who had moved from Lockerbie to Kent to live with her sister, in December 1942 when the house was bombed; the sister was wounded.
There is an entry of a Gray, George A. in the ABC Eichstett address book that reads a follows: Gray, George A., The Kings's Own Scottish Borderers, Seed Crushers; Manufacturers of Farm Stock Feeding Stuff, Soap and Trex (J Bibby and Sons Ltd, King Edward Street, Liverpool, Lancashire).
I never heard if George survived the war; if he had I'm almost certain I would have heard, so I'm afraid not. Please could anyone help me to trace his children or other relatives. They might be interested in these letters.Hein Bloemers
Cpt. Ernest Frederic Hope "Jeff" Jeffery Royal ArtilleryMy Grand-Father, Ernest F.H. Jeffery, Royal Artillery was captured at Dunkirk as a member of the rear party to the B.E.F., whilst on the beaches at Dunkirk he was machine-gunned/straffed by the Luftwaffe in the legs and lower back and later was hospitalised.
Whilst he was in Hospital being treated for his wounds,a rumour thought to have been started by the Germans,insisted that German Prisoners of War where being chained and hand-cuffed whilst in detention centres in the United Kingdom! This was of course totally untrue but at that time Herr Gobbels jumped onto any means to spread his propaganda and rhetoric. But, the up-shot of this rumour was that Allied Prisoners of War where taken from where-ever they where being held in camps or hospitals and chained, handcuffed and manacled together and forced to undertake a forced 1000 mile march from Dunkirk to Germany in retaliation for the supposed chaining of German POW's.
He was eventually housed in Offlag V11 B near Eichstadt,for the duration of the war,& his injuries were as such to prevent him attempting to escape! I do remember him telling me that he worked in the market garden in the town and brought back vegetables to supplement the rations supplied by the camp guards
Though he was an officer he was a rarity as he came up through the ranks having signed on as Gunner in the Royal Artillery India around 1923-24. He was discharged from the Army after having served 21 years 10 months and demoted from Major to his pre war rank that of Captain. This was done, he said, to prevent paying him his full Army pension.Michael Frederic Jeffery
Lt. Norman Leslie Mcallum Tait Royal Northumberland FusiliersMy grandfather, Norman Tait was imprisoned in Oflag 7B have a case in my loft with the camp address written on the inside of the lid. My grandfather was also a barber in the camp I believe and I have his manual clipper set along with his parade cane and a German haversack with cowhide covering. I remember him telling me a story about leaving the camp and being shot at by an American plane.David Lilburn
Aircraftsman 1st Class Allan Cooper CrawMy dad, Allan Craw, was in the R.A.F and was in Oflag 7b from 23/11/44 to 14/05/45.
He joined the R.A.F on 23/07/1941 aged 19 and after he did his basic training at R.A.F Hunmanby Moor he went on a ship to Egypt via South Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Serving with the ground support with the R.A.F in North Africa. He was captured at the fall of Tobruk on 22/06/42 and taken to Benghasi on the 27/06/42. He was taken over to Taranto in Italy on the 23/07/42 and then onto Brindisi on 24/07.
Moved to Benevento on 04/08/42 onto Capua on 02/08 and finally to Macerata on 22/11/1942. He escaped on 16/09/43 and was on the run until he was re-captured nearly 6 months later on 02/02/44 about 7 miles from Orsogna trying to get back to the Allies who had advanced near this point.
Whilst he was on the run he was fed and sheltered by the Italian people in their homes at great risk to themselves, he never forgot their kindness and generosity towards him. He said the reason he got caught was that he had found a parcel dropped by the Allies and it contained among other things some new boots so he had the boots on and was later questioned by a German soldier speaking in broken Italian asking were he got them from, the soldier wasn't happy with his answer. Anyway he was taken to the police station. Of course they knew straight away he was Scottish and not Italian and he was re-captured. After he was captured he was taken to L'Aquila on 29/02 then onto Latina on 23/03/44 then onto Mantova on 12/06 and finally to Mooseburg in Germany on 18/06/1944. After 2 weeks he was sent off on a working party to Munich to help clear up Allied bomb damage. He was then taken from there to Oflag 7b on 23/11/1944 where he met up with his old friend John Campbell who was in P.O.W camp in Macerata. He was in the column of men who were marching out of the camp to Mooseburg on 14/04/1945 when they came under attack from Allied aircraft thinking they were German soldiers, killing at least 11 and wounding over 40 more.
Arriving in Mooseberg on 23/04/1945 he was released on 29/04/1945 taken to Ingolstatt and flown from there by Dakota c47's to Rheims in France and then back home by Lancasters. My dad was Aircraftsman 1st Class Allan Craw 1557340 he was demobbed on 11/12/1945.
He was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire in 1922 and died in Rotherham, South Yorkshire aged 80 in 2002. All the imformation and details were taken from his war time log book.Allan Craw
James William Gray Duke of Cornwall's Light InfantryI am trying to discover more about my Uncle Jimmy Gray's wartime experiences. I understand that he was taken POW at Monte Cassino (a place I have now visited twice) I think he may have been in Oflag Eichstatt V11B/b. Camp 0.7B POW no: 5770. I would appreciate any info about him. Thank youAngela Marriage
Cpt. Denys Gray Meakin Staffordshire YeomanryDenys Meakin was my uncle, and joined the Staffordshire Yeomanry in about 1938 as a Territorial lieutenant. He saw service in Palestine and subsequently in Egypt at Mersa Matruh.
He was then part of the ill-fated British force sent to Greece in 1941, which soon had to be re-evacuated from the Peloponnese. Unfortunately, the evacuation was not total, and Denys was amongst those captured. He was transported in cattle trucks up through Yugoslavia and Austria, and ended up in Oflag VIIB. I have a number of Kriegsgefangenenpost letters written by him to his brother Rodney (my father), who was a captain in the Royal Engineers. The letters are carefully written in pencil and show a mixture of weariness, resignation and occasionally a sort of grim humour.
His health was not strong, and deteriorated to the point that in January 1945 he was repatriated to the UK via Switzerland. He found it very hard to settle down to normal life after the War, and indeed never worked again; nor did he marry. He did, however, find a sort of contentment in retired seclusion as time went by; and I remember him as a kind, sensitive man who might have had much to offer society had history turned out differently.John Meakin
Capt. Hemi "Jim" Wiremu 8th BattalionMy Father, Hemi (Jim) Wiremu, served as a captain with the 8th Battalion of the New Zealand Maori Forces. He was captured at Kalamata in the Peloponese, Greece. He ended up in Oflag 7B. We always had his I.D. card until it was stolen when my mother was carrying it in her handbag, as a keepsake after his death.
Is it possible to find a copy of my father's I.D. card? By the way, your site is excellent, keep up the good work!Kevin Wiremu
Capt. Charles Benjamin Kemp Jickling Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.14th Apr 1945)My Uncle Charles Jickling was captured at Dunkirk and imprisoned in a camp in Germany. He was a Captain in the Royal Norfolk Regiment.
On the last day of the war they were being marched from their camp. They were shot by Americans, who thought they were Germans as they flew over. This was on the 14th April, 1945. He was 29 when he died. Benjamin is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery. He was army No. 00238BA; service umber 67110.
I found out from my other Uncle that Ben had been in Eichstatt, Southern Germany; though I suspect not for the entirety of his time in captivity. He is mentioned in the book, 'The Last Escape', by John Nichol and Tony Rennell. You may be interested to have the following information.
The German commanders had been ordered to evacuate the camp and march to Moosburg due to the advance of the Russians. This event took place on the 14th April 1945. The brigade moved out in Battalions. Two aeroplanes had been circling overhead; American Mustangs. Six other planes arrived and circled the camp. The leading plane took a dive and burst into machine gun fire. Plane after plane then came roaring over the column blasting the men with machine gun fire. The Americans were in charge of much of the Airspace in Bavaria.
The total death toll was 11 British Officers with 50 wounded. It turned out that the Americans thought they were a column of Hungarian troops, who had similar uniform. After the incident they refused to march in the daylight and went by night. They reached Moosburg and were liberated 8 days later. Other methods they used to avoid similar incidents were to make a flag out of old sheets and paint it with a red cross. There is an article about the incident on the City of Kingston Historical Website.
How can I find out more information about where exactly he was. Did anyone serve with him?Melissa Eisdell
2nd Lt. George Meek 2nd Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)My Uncle, 2nd Lt. George D. Meek, 2nd Battalion The Cameronians, was captured at the Ypres-Colombines Canal on 27th May 1940. He was a prisoner of war at Laufen Castle Oflag 7C, in Bavaria and also in Oflag 7B (Eichstratt).
Anyone out there who knew him, or can give me any information about Laufen?
George Meek is 2nd. from the right in the attached photo, the others are unknown. Taken either at Laufen or Eichstatt, I think. Does anyone recognise anyone?Christine Cramb
Lt. David Michael Charles Burrough 7th Btn. Royal Sussex RegimentDavid Michael Charles Burrough enlisted on the 1st September 1939 and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on the 1st October 1939 into the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 1st April 1941. He was captured in May 1940 while serving with the 7th Battalion Royal Sussex and interned as Prisoner number 2602 until 1945. (follow external link above for action on 5th May 1940 involving 7th Btn RSR - there were only 70 survivors)
After the war he transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps and retired as Staff Paymaster Welsh Territorial Division in the rank of Lt. Col in Feb 1967. Mike was born 10th August 1915 one of three sons of Rev John Burrough and Grace Winifred Norris. He married Eileen Lawley Dayrell and they had two sons. He died on the 15th Jan 1997 at Uckfield District Sussex.
F/Lt. Charles Frederick Peter Brown 7 SquadronCharles Brown served with 7 Squadron.
Joe R Carry Royal SignalsJoe Carry served with the Royal Signals.
Douglas ChannellDouglas Channell was interned at Oflag 7b during WW2.
Lt. Daniel O'Connell Doheny Royal Canadian ArtilleryLieutenant Daniel O'Connell Doheny was captured during a raid on Dieppe and spent the rest of the war as a POW at Oflag 7b.
Dick Ellis Royal SignalsDick Ellis served with the Royal Signals.
2nd Lt. Michael Goodliffe Royal Warwickshire Regiment2nd.Lt. Michael Goodliffe served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Jimmy Guy Royal SignalsJimmy Guy served with the Royal Signals
Lt. James Kenneth Hunter Essex and Kent ScottishLt. James K. Hunter served with the Canadian Epeditionary Force Essex and Kent Scottish
Dick Jackson Northumberland FusiliersDick Jackson served with the Northumberland Fusiliers
Sandy Jamieson Highland Light InfantrySandy Jamieson served with the Highland Light Infantry
Lt. Col Frederick Kent Jasperson Essex ScottishLt-Colonel Frederick Kent Jasperson served with the Canadian Army, Essex Scottish Regiment during WW2 and was a POW at Oflag 7b.
Major Harold Franklin Lazier Royal Hamilton Light InfantryMajor Harold Franklin Lazier served with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Canadian Army and was a Prisoner of War at Oflag 7b.
Lieutenant DanforthA Sherman tank commander.
Capitaine-Commandant. Jacques Jean Charles Becquet CdeG.
My grandfather Jacques Becquet was born in Brussels 5th August 1894. He joined the Belgian Army as a front line infantry man on 4th April 1911, joining the first Line Regiment. Promoted to Corporal 1st June 1911, to Platoon Sergeant 20th April 1913, to Company Sergeant 5th July 1914, to Sergeant Major 22nd August 1914 and to Colour Sergeant 19th February 1915. Finishing the great War as a Lieutenant in the 21st Line Regiment.
He had two citations for the Great War: "For the Courage and devotion which he showed during his long period at the front" and "An Officer of a calm and cool gallantry, a leader of the highest order, at the front from the beginning of hostilities and outstanding for his imperturbable sangfroid. On 30th September 1918 after a most difficult approach march across soaking, and in some cases flooded, ground and under sustained machine gun fire and artillery fire, he rallied his men and with a superb dash, with himself at their head. rushed an enemy trench; Thus showing the greatest contempt of danger."
He did once recall that he was once buried alive by a shell burst and was most impressed that his men actually came back to dig him out - he reckoned that not too many officers would have been so lucky!!
When Germany invaded Belgium on 10th May 1940 he was called up to defend his country. When Leopold surrendered in an act of capitulation on 28th May 1940, my grandfather refused to capitulate and carried on fighting as part of the Underground Belgian Army hoping to give the BEF more to time to evacuate (Dunkirk 26th May 1940 to 4th June 1940).
He managed to destroy two German tanks before being captured by the Germans on 19th June 1940. Branded a trouble maker he was immediately sent to Colditz Castle POW camp. As Colditz filled up with other nationalities the Belgians were moved to Oflag VII B at Eichstatt, and then to Oflag XD at Hamburg. He retired as a Capitaine Commandant of Reserve (equivalent of a Major in the British Army)Tim Giddings
Capt. Ian Kenneth Cockburn "Hobbers" Hobkirk MC, MVO. 4th Btn. Seaforth HighlandersMy grandfather, Captain Ian Kenneth Cockburn Hobkirk, MC MVO, was educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was awarded his MC (Military Cross) for valour whilst commanding A Company, 4th Seaforth Highlanders at Saint Valery during the Battle of France in June 1940. He was captured and interned as a prisoner of war in Germany (1940 to 1945) at Oflag VIIB at Eichstatt, Bavaria.ï»¿Jeremy Stone
Cpl. Edward John Almond East Surrey RegimentMy father, Ted Almond was a POW at Oflag V111-B from 1940 then Oflag 3c 1943 until the end and freedom.Antony Almond
Lt. Peter MacDonald Border Rgt.My father, Lt Peter MacDonald, was caught at Dunkirk and spent the rest of the war in the above camp. He was in the Border Regiment. I am trying to learn of his experiences and would like to hear of anyone who was in this camp or relatives of men who were interned.Christopher MacDonald
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