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Immigrant's experiences : Horst Salomon: extract from oral history
Title : Immigrant's experiences : Horst Salomon: extract from oral history Immigrant's experiences : Horst Salomon: extract from oral history
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Creator : Salomon, Horst, 1920-1994
Source : Salomon, Horst, OH 347/2
Date of creation : 1983
Additional Creator : Kaukas, Anthony Michael
Format : Oral History
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Interview with Horst Salomon in which he recounts being arrested and interned in Tatura, Victoria during World War II.

Extracts from an Oral History where Horst Salomon describes being arrested as a German traveling without the appropriate papers and his subsequent internment in Tatura, Victoria during WWII.

In his full-length interview, Salomon recalls his experiences after coming to South Australia from Germany as a political refugee prior to the Second World War. At the outbreak of war he left his work as a farm labourer and travelled to Melbourne in an unsuccessful attempt to enlist in the airforce.

On his return to Adelaide Salomon was detained briefly for travelling without a permit. He and two brothers then began munitions work at Beverley. In mid 1940 Salomon was detained again and sent for internment at Tatura, Victoria. He describes the activities of Nazi sympathisers in the camp in some detail.

Salomon was released after successfully presenting his case to the Appeal Tribunal and returned to Adelaide late in the war. With his brother Ernest he joined the non-combatant 8th Employment Unit made up of former internees that was stationed at Melbourne. He recalled with pride the achievements of many members of the unit after the war.

Period : 1939-1945
Further reading :

'Getting an education' Adelaide Review, no. 33 (December 1986), p. 6 Includes photograph

Clark, Rosemary The home front: life in Australia during World War II, [Melbourne] Australia Post, 1991

Connell, Daniel The war at home, Australia 1939-1949 [Crows Nest, NSW] ABC Enterprises, 1988

Internet links :

Australians under attack 1942-1943see: Enemy aliens and prisoners of war

German Australia: German speakers in Australiasee: Tatura internment camp, Victoria



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