The Great War and the treatment of German-Australians in South Australia 1914-1922
Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum
The Great War and the treatment of German-Australians in South Australia 1914-1922Presented by Michael Wohltmann
How could it be that German-Australians, who were viewed as zealous hard working and model citizens prior to the Great War were five years later, treated as outcasts in their own society? Can these events be explained simply as war hysteria, or were there other factors at work? When the Great War ended in 1918, it was not the end for the German-Australian Community .In fact, things only became worse for the German-Australians in the post-war period.
This talk will focus on the phenomenon of internment and Enemy Aliens and the impact on the German-Australian community in South Australia. It will also examine the post-war period and the concept of internment as a global feature of the Great War.
About the Speaker
Michael Wohltmann was a senior secondary teacher for 31 years, during which he taught Year 12 Modern European History, Australian History and International Politics at country and metropolitan high schools throughout South Australia. For the last eight years, he taught these subjects at Marden Senior College, an adult re-entry college catering for students aged 18-80. In 2015, Michael published "A Future Unlived: A forgotten chapter in South Australia's history", documenting the effect of internment on South Australian Germans.
18 August 2018 16:00 (Australia/Adelaide)