A different look at consentration camps from a different war Africa : The Ballad of a Kaleidoscope

A different look at consentration camps from a different war Africa

by Daniel Vliet on 06/20/13

 The British had taken prisoners during the Boer War. These prisoners were not all Dutch settlers fighting in Africa. The 20,000 prisoner were dependent on the leaders of the camp to supply food and water and hygiene needs, while the prisoners stayed at the camp. Although the amount of prisoners kept growing some prisoners were captured in the battle of Elandslaagte and Paardeberg.

 The locations of these camps were in Bermuda and India and also Ceylon and St. Helena .The prisoner used art as a way to express themselves during their stay at these camps. The artistic items were used has a type of money system within the camps. Some items were sold in local shops in Bermuda; the proceeds were given back to the prisoners of war

 The soldier made boxes and picture frames out of unused stuff they found on their walk and around camps. The prisoners made toys for their children also. Item with a snake on it was thought to mean the artist was a guerilla soldier. This type of folk art was made to express the sorrow of not being home with their families. The prison camp went on a year after the war. Although prisoner is never truly happy by any means art may have relived the blues. The families of the prisoners were saddened also. Many of the surviving artwork has survived to the present day and is housed and cataloged in the South African National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg.

 The Battle of Elandslaagte 21 October 1899/The Battle of Paardeberg 18/27 Feb 1900

 

Fransjohan Pretorius.Boer Prisoner of War Art

 

History Today; Mar 2006; 56, 3; Research Library, pg 31

 

Allan Sinclair.Boer Prisoner of war handcraft at the South African National Museum of Military History.Military History Journal-Vol 11 No ¾. samilitaryhistory.org/vol113as.html>.

 

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