‘We Don't Want Any German Off‐Spring After These Prisoners Left Here’: German Military Prisoners and British Women in the First World War

‘We Don't Want Any German Off‐Spring After These Prisoners Left Here’: German Military... At the October 1918 meeting of the Carmarthenshire Standing Joint Committee, Aldermen J. L. Thomas and E. B. Richards asserted that the German prisoners of war in Wales ‘constituted a very serious menace to the womanhood of this country’. The aldermen warned that German prisoners in other locations had reportedly assaulted young girls and created an atmosphere in which women were afraid to ‘move about the country where these prisoners were located’. Calling for stricter oversight, Dr J. H. Williams reinforced the aldermen's warnings and divulged his deeper concerns, cautioning, we ‘do not want any German off‐spring after these prisoners left here … if we do not try to prevent it … it will be our fault if it happens; we shall be conniving it’. The tone of the committee's discussion suggested that it feared German offspring would result from sexual assaults against British women rather than consensual relationships. Nonetheless, the Carmarthenshire aldermen believed they were responsible for protecting their country's womanhood, and authorities across Britain were equally concerned with preventing more amicable interactions between German prisoners and British women on the home front.Although it is impossible to determine with any degree of certainty, the German prisoners held in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Gender & History Wiley

‘We Don't Want Any German Off‐Spring After These Prisoners Left Here’: German Military Prisoners and British Women in the First World War

Loading next page...
 
/lp/wiley/we-don-t-want-any-german-off-spring-after-these-prisoners-left-here-B5Kv17ec50
Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
0953-5233
eISSN
1468-0424
D.O.I.
10.1111/1468-0424.12334
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

At the October 1918 meeting of the Carmarthenshire Standing Joint Committee, Aldermen J. L. Thomas and E. B. Richards asserted that the German prisoners of war in Wales ‘constituted a very serious menace to the womanhood of this country’. The aldermen warned that German prisoners in other locations had reportedly assaulted young girls and created an atmosphere in which women were afraid to ‘move about the country where these prisoners were located’. Calling for stricter oversight, Dr J. H. Williams reinforced the aldermen's warnings and divulged his deeper concerns, cautioning, we ‘do not want any German off‐spring after these prisoners left here … if we do not try to prevent it … it will be our fault if it happens; we shall be conniving it’. The tone of the committee's discussion suggested that it feared German offspring would result from sexual assaults against British women rather than consensual relationships. Nonetheless, the Carmarthenshire aldermen believed they were responsible for protecting their country's womanhood, and authorities across Britain were equally concerned with preventing more amicable interactions between German prisoners and British women on the home front.Although it is impossible to determine with any degree of certainty, the German prisoners held in

Journal

Gender & HistoryWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off