The story of members of the Italian community in the south Wales valleys who were interned after Mussolini declared war in 1940. Some were sent to Canada on the Arandora Star, which left Liverpool in 1940, only to be sunk by a German U-boat with a huge loss of life.
The admittance of Italy into the war generated suspicion against Italian communities and this clip could facilitate some useful class discussions. Pupils could be asked how they would feel if this had happened to their families and if they felt that some of the internments were justified during wartime. In groups, learners could list local Italian businesses where they live in order to investigate what remains of the Italian communities in south Wales.