Sherbrooke’s Camp Newington

Taylor McClure, Special to The Record

During the Second World War, five internment camps were set up to the south of the St-Lawrence River for male prisoners of war. However, the fear of the enemy resulted in thousand of refugees and civilians, more specifically those of Jewish decent, who were escaping the wraths of war in fear of their life being sent to these camps. One of these internment camps was located along the Saint-Francis River in Sherbrooke and it was known as Camp Newington. As the Second World War hit Europe, people were fleeing Nazi Germany to seek refuge in the British Isles but there was much fear that the German enemy and Nazi sympathizers were mingling amongst them. These individuals, including those of Jewish descendent (even some who escaped the concentration camps), communists, priests, and intellectuals, were incarcerated by Britain and brought to the Isle of Man. See full story in the Tuesday, Sept. 24 edition of The Record.

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