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Internment camps of South West France 1939-1944
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La Coume is a former farmhouse situated in a tiny valley, which itself is an offshoot of the valley of the Castellane in the mountains west of Perpignan. The nearest village is Mosset.
Before the war this derelict farmhouse was bought by two English Quakers, Edith Pye and Hilda Clark. It became a meeting place for people of all nationalities seeking somewhere peaceful to study and talk. Then, during the war years it welcomed Spanish children from the internment camps, and later Jewish children and others needing refuge and care. The children sheltered here were selected by the Perpignan office of the AFSC under the care of Mary Elmes. You can read the history of those days and right up to the present day by clicking here.
How many children were saved from deportation by being taken to this remote spot? We shall probably never know, but if you were here, or you know someone who was, please get in touch by using the Forum page.
There are some names of children sheltered here in the archives of the American Friends Service Council. Again, get in touch via the Forum page if you wish to know more.