Saturday, July 02, 2011

the sinking of the arandora star

I'm quite glad there's no Glastonbury next year, I think it'll take two years to get over this one. I'll try and do a write-up about it soonly. in the meantime, I've got a guest post up at On This Deity.

Today is the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the Arandora Star, the predictable deaths of 800 German and Italian civilians who'd been interned by the British who had been deported in an overcrowded ship with no civilian markings and not enough lifeboats. The callousness and racism of the British government was matched by the common humanity of the British and German troops on board who evacuated the boat, and the locals along the Scottish and Irish coasts who found the funds to bury the tide of bodies amongst their own.

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