Experimenting on ANZACs

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Description

One hundred years ago an Australian Aboriginal soldier, Douglas Grant, found himself in a prisoner of war camp south of Berlin.

Captured at the Battle of Bullecourt in April 1917, he had already spent months at other camps across Germany doing hard labour and working in mines.

But he was soon to find that Wünsdorf was a camp unlike any other.

With all its prisoners from countries that had been colonised, it became the site of racial science experiments and a secret service jihad program.

Subject

One hundred years ago an Australian Aboriginal soldier, Douglas Grant, found himself in a prisoner of war camp south of Berlin. Grant was studied by German scientists in the camp. It is a context that offers a window into 19th and early 20th Century social science practices, race-based cultural bias, and offers a perspective on the prejudice experienced by those racialised as 'other'.

Period9 Aug 2017

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleExperimenting on Anzacs
    Media name/outletABC Online
    Duration/Length/Size1000 words
    CountryAustralia
    Date9/08/17
    DescriptionOne hundred years ago an Australian Aboriginal soldier, Douglas Grant, found himself in a prisoner of war camp south of Berlin.

    Captured at the Battle of Bullecourt in April 1917, he had already spent months at other camps across Germany doing hard labour and working in mines.

    But he was soon to find that Wünsdorf was a camp unlike any other.

    With all its prisoners from countries that had been colonised, it became the site of racial science experiments and a secret service jihad program.
    Producer/AuthorTom Murray
    URLwww.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-08/aboriginal-anzacs-racial-science-jihad-wunsdorf-pow-camp/8771110
    PersonsTom Murray