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Prisoners of war on Somes Island

These ‘enemy aliens’ sunbathing on Matiu (Somes Island) in Wellington Harbour during the Second World War may seem to be enjoying themselves. But as the interview with Charles Klingenstein, a German national, explains, conditions for the prisoners in the early years of the war were much less pleasant. Coping with boredom was a constant problem.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Nearshore islands - Quarantine centres and prisons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/13033/prisoners-of-war-on-somes-island (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007