His Majesty's loyal internee: Fred Uhlman in captivity

Charmian Brinson, Anna Müller-Härlin, Julia Winckler

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In May and June 1940, when the war seemed to be going badly for Britain, thousands of German and Austrian refugees from Nazi oppression were rounded up and put into internment camps on the Isle of Man and elsewhere. Fred Uhlman, a Jewish refugee from Stuttgart, was one of these. Uhlman was a lawyer and an artist, and is probably best known today for his novella Reunion. Cut off from his weif, who was about to give birth to their first child, Uhlman found internment a harrowing yet also a highly memorable experience which he attempted to capture both in word and image. This volume contains Uhlman's preivously unpublished internment diary in its original 1940 version, as well as a later reworked version in wihc he looks back at the same experience, though from the perspective of 1979. Chapters on Uhlman's biography and on his artistic and his literary output set his writings and drwings within the wider context of his life and work. This book not only makes a number of hitherto unpublished sources on alien internment during the Second World War available for hte first time, it also illuminates the life and owrk of artists in internment and highlights the unique role art played for them behind the barbed wire.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdgware
PublisherVallentine Mitchell
Number of pages166
ISBN (Print)9780853039303
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Emigre artist
  • Internment
  • painting
  • linocuts
  • kurt schwitters
  • Fred Uhlman
  • Hutchinson Square
  • Isle of Man


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