Isle of Man's lucky captive

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

An Unusual exhibition is running on the Isle of Man, featuring the art of refugees from Nazi Germany who were interned by the British there during the Second World War. Just one of the 36 exhibitors is alive today, Ernst Eisenmayer, who will turn 90 in September.

Interned when he was 19, he left for Italy in 1975, but an account of his experiences was read at the opening of the exhibition, which marks the 70th anniversary of the internment camps.

Previously incarcerated in Dachau, Eisenmayer regarded captivity in Britain as "at times a bit of a lark" and wrote: "We were bloody lucky... unlike the millions in German concentration camps."

According to Professor Fran Lloyd, of London;'s Kingston University, who has championed Eisenmayer's work, the refugee artists "would use the wallpaper or toilet tissue to sketch on and there were blacked out windows that they could literally etch on".

Last updated: 11:13am, May 13 2010