Between 1933 and 1940, the United States, Great Britain and most other developed nations saw an influx of German refugees entering their borders attempting to be free of the tyranny of Hitler’s National Socialism. Many of those fleeing from Germany were intellectuals: authors, teachers, artists, or thinkers who faced persecution in their homeland. For the men, women, and children who chose the British Isles as their new home, Great Britain symbolized hope for a life free from persecution. By 1941, however, many refugees from Germany found themselves arrested and put into camps, not by the Nazis, but by their protectors, the British.
Atkins, Elizabeth A.
""You must all be Interned": Identity Among Internees in Great Britain during World War II,"
The Gettysburg Historical Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: http://cupola.gettysburg.edu/ghj/vol4/iss1/5