History KS3 / GCSE: Treatment of immigrants in Britain during World War Two

In June 1940, the Italian leader, Mussolini, declared war on Britain after joining forces with Nazi Germany.

In this short film Andrew Marr looks at the internment of immigrants from countries Britain was at war with during World War Two.

He focuses on the treatment of Italian immigrants who were placed in internment camps. Many were moved to the Isle of Man.

German and Austrian immigrants were also among the 10,000 people moved there, where the camp became a centre of intellectual life.

This short film is from the BBC series, World War Two with Dan Snow.

Teacher Notes

Students could watch this short film as part of a lesson when studying the Home Front.

Before watching, ask your students what they think life would have been like for immigrants from countries Britain was fighting during World War Two.

After watching, ask your students why internment would have been used and how the government might have justified these measures. Do students think this was morally acceptable?

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE history in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 history in Scotland.

More from World War Two with Dan Snow:

How did RAF tactics defeat Germany in the Battle of Britain?
How did Britain use fake news in World War Two?
How did Britain prepare for a German invasion in World War Two?