oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die Port Elizabethse konsentrasiekamp, 1899-1902

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



During the Anglo-Boer War Britain tried to force the two Boer Republics to surrender by, amongst other tactics, the establishment of concentration camps. The one camp that could not be compared with the other camps as far as suffering, sorrow and deaths were concerned was the Port Elizabeth concentration camp. Owing to good military control, small numbers of inhabitants and a healthy relationship between the camp authorities and the inhabitants, the Port Elizabeth concentration camp definitely fell into a different category from the other concentration camps and was therefore something of a rarity.

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