The Ludwig Baruch Internment Archive

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Ludwig Baruch and his fiance, Hilda Froom, concerning his internment and the efforts made for his release, together with other relevant correspondence. The letters date from 1939 to 1944 and illustrate the bad conditions in the internment camps and the efforts made by Mr Baruch's family and friends to secure his release.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ludwig Alfred Baruch was born in Germany, but in 1928 his family moved to England. On leaving school he went to work for the Donegal Tweed Company, where he worked until 1939. At the beginning of the Second World War, he was interned as an enemy alien and held in internment camps in England. In July 1940, the authorities tried to send him to Canada on the Arandora Star, which was however torpedoed and sunk with much loss of life. Mr Baruch survived, and was later sent to Australia. He returned to England in 1942 and later settled in Bradford.


Numbered files, arranged by date and origin by Ludwig Baruch

Access Information

Available to all researchers, by appointment

Acquisition Information

Mr Baruch's son, Dr John Baruch, head of the Department of Cybernetics and Visual Systems at the University of Bradford, has arranged for this collection of his father's correspondence to be housed in the J B Priestley Library. Deposits were made in 1994 and 2000.


In English

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Alternative Form Available

Photocopies have been made of some of the correspondence; the copies are stored with the collection

Conditions Governing Use

Rights held by Mr. L. Baruch. Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance.

Corporate Names