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Bulgarians imprisoned during the First World War

Bulgarians imprisoned during the First World War

During the First World War Bulgaria was allied with Germany. Because New Zealand was at war with Germany, some of the few Bulgarians living in New Zealand at the time were interned on Somes Island in Wellington Harbour as ‘enemy aliens’. This photo of Bulgarian prisoners was taken in 1916.

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John Wilson, 'Central and South-eastern Europeans - People from the Balkans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015