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At the beginning of World War II, thousands of men were arrested in Britain. They came originally from Italy, Germany and Austria (including German and Austrian Jewish refugees). A number of these men had become British citizens. Young and old men alike became interned. On the 2nd July, 1940, 1,300 of these internees were put on board the former Blue Star luxury liner, Arandora Star. They were being sent to prison camps in Canada. A group of the Italian internees came from small communities in Wales, where they had lived, raised families and built up businesses. Just a few hours into their journey, off the north coast of Ireland, a U-Boat fired a torpedo at the military grey Arandora Star and sunk it. 805 men were drowned including crew and army guards. The majority who died (470) were Italian. The internees who survived were brought back to the UK, and then immediately shipped to a prison camp in Australia.
Contact: Bruna Chezzi, Secretary
Phone: 029 20 460 632
Mobile: 07817 051 080
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