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Internment camps of South West France 1939-1944

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You will struggle to find much information about the internment camp at Bram. It opened in 1939 to alleviate the numbers interned in Argeles and St Cyprien. This small town is just a few miles west of Carcassonne. There is a memorial there at the former site of the camp, and a ceremony is held there every year on April 14th.

During the first part of 2014 there is an exhibition of photographs by Robert Capa. These, and many other photos, were the contents of the “Mexican Suitcase”, a forgotten collection lost for many years. For the story of how these photos were brought to light click here. Details of the current exhibition in Bram can be obtained by clicking here.

An interesting website is the Exilio magazine. There is a page on the Bram Camp which can be accessed here.

The camp site closed in 1940, but in its short life it housed up to 15,000 internees, mainly Spanish women and children.

Aid to the camp was provided by the Quaker office in Perpignan. Dorothy Morris (a nurse from New Zealand) was in charge at first, later replaced by Mary Elmes after the fall of France.

The American Friends Service Council have made a copy of the

Bram Children’s Camp newsletter available.

You can download it here.