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‘Astounding and Encouraging’: High and Low Art Produced in Internment on the Isle of Man during the Second World War

ByRACHEL DICKSON, SARAH MACDOUGALL, ULRIKE SMALLEY

During the 1930s a growing number of Germans and Austrians immigrated to Britain, other European countries and the United States. This exodus was motivated both by adverse economic conditions and increasing political and racial persecution under the Nazi regime. By September 1939, the number of German-speaking émigrés in Britain alone amounted to an estimated 70,000-among them a signifi cant number of academics, artists and designers.