When a person thinks of a prisoner of war, it is not typical for peaceful scenes of craftsmanship to appear in mind. However, there were a few exceptions. Here, a photograph of two POWs, possibly displaced civilians, create paintings in open space in order to pass the time. On the back in German, it is written that this was a prison camp, however, the exact location is unknown. This space is reminiscent of the famous Alexandra Palace, a war‑time camp for alien civilians. Like the British internees in Ruhleben, the German civilians in Alexandra Palace eventually settled down to make the best of things while the war waged on. Many musicians, as well as painters and sculptors were incarcerated there. Orchestra performances were performed and numerous artworks were produced. There was a well‑provided gymnasium and playing fields for a number of sports activities. The internees also had the use of a 2,000‑seat theater. At any one time there were about 3,000 people interned at the Alexandra Palace, trying to find solace in isolation.
Post by Jackie Slanley