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Memorandum - Dunera Statement, circa 1940 Document Reg. No: HT 16860

Memorandum entitled 'Dunera Statement', submitted to the High commissioner of the United Kingdom in Australia by the Hay internees. The document gives an account of the treatment endured by the internees prior to, and on board the Dunera on the way to Australia. It states their status as Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, and describes in detail the misinformation given prior to leaving England, the loss of their possessions, cramped and unhygienic conditions on the ship, unwarranted searches and general mistreatment. The document also includes three personal statements by unnamed internees.

William (Bill) David Herr was one of the Dunera boys. Born in 1914 in Vienna, he escaped to England in 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution, where he lived for less than 12 months before being arrested as a German alien and classified by the Aliens Tribunal as a 'Refugee from Nazi Oppression.' He was interned and then transported to Australia on the ship Dunera, arriving in Australia on 26 August 1940. Upon arrival, Bill was taken to Hay internment camp where he spent nine months, before he was transferred to Tatura for another nine months. Upon release from Tatura Bill and his other internees worked fruit picking in the local area before enlisting in the Australian forces to serve their newly adopted country in the latter part of the war.
Seven page, double sided, foolscap size typed document, stapled at top left corner (with last page having separated). The front cover has a hand drawn, printed image of a porthole open and looking into a view of an internment camp. It is entitled 'Dunera Statement'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Judy Munro, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 33.50 cm (Height), 21.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: internment camps, jewish immigration, jewish communities, immigrant shipping, refugees, internment, world war ii 1939-1945, immigrant voyages
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, William (Bill) David Herr, Austrian Jewish Migrant & Internee, 1940
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Internment
Tertiary Classification: documents
Inscriptions: Text, front: BILL HERR/DUNERA STATEMENT.
Place & Date Written: Australia, circa 1940
User: William Herr, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940
Ship Depicted: ., 1940

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