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The First Few Weeks: Applying the Rules in Practice

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Author(s): Wolf, Susanne
Wolf, Susanne - The First Few Weeks: Applying the Rules in Practice Keywords: Belgian Information Office | Dutch | First World War | foreign soldiers | internees | prisoners of war (POWs) | Staatscourant | The Hague Abstract: The Dutch had very little time to ponder the niceties of their neutral status and its inherent responsibilities as the first candidates for internment crossed the Dutch border within days of the outbreak of the war. The initial response of the Dutch border guards was mixed: this was a new s…

Further Reading

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Author(s): Wolf, Susanne
Wolf, Susanne - Further Reading Keywords: Dutch | First World War | Netherlands Abstract: The Dutch attitude to the First World War is very different to that of its near neighbours. In Belgium, Germany, France and Great Britain the First World War was, and is still, considered to be a major event. Studies of the Netherlands during World War One by Dutch scholars are not only few and far between, but until recently have also suffered from a lack of breadth. Interest has centred primar…

Internment in a Neutral Country: The Arrival of the Prisoners of War

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Author(s): Wolf, Susanne
Wolf, Susanne - Internment in a Neutral Country: The Arrival of the Prisoners of War Keywords: Dutch | Germany | Great Britain | Hague treaty | internment | Netherlands | neutral country | prisoners of war (POW) Abstract: The treaty concluded between Germany and Great Britain allowed for the transfer of long-term and seriously ill Prisoners of war (POWs) from captivity into internment in the Netherlands. The idea of a neutral country volunteering to take on responsibility for sick and wounded soldiers from belli…