oa South African Journal of Cultural History - n Dag in die lewe van 'n Boerekrygsgevangene op die Bermuda Eiland tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902), beskryf deur H.G. Thiel

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The memorial album compiled by Hermann Gustav Thiel as a prisoner of war on the Bermudas during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) is a remarkable cultural historical document. A manuscript titled: 24 Uuren in een Krijgsgevangenen Kamp (24 Hours in a Prisoner of War Camp), part of the memorial album and herewith presented in annotated form, presents a rare insight into the daily weal and woe of the Boer prisoners of war on the Bermudas and their experience in exile. This manuscript once again confirms the fact tbat personal manuscripts (ego documents) are of the utmost importance to the cultural historian when emotions and inner experiences are concerned. It is significant that Thiel's manuscript is substantiated by a great number of photographs of the Boer prisoners of war which illustrates their way of life on the Bermudas and to a certain extent recover historical figures from anonymity. Our image of the past is much clearer when information obtained from written sources is supplemented or confirmed by pictorial sources.

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