Germans in Jamaica: Wars, Spies and Camps

Appalachian State University faculty member and documentary filmmaker Kevin Kennedy will present his film “Germans in Jamaica: War, Spies and Camps”, February 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Greenbriar Theater in the Student Union. The screening is free and open to the public.


 Runtime: 50 minutes. A question and answer session with Kennedy will follow.

 As countless other stories begin, this one, too, begins with Hitler's rise to power on January 30, 1933. The whole world was affected by the consequences of Hitler's insane actions. Hitler himself had correctly prophesized that those who were against him would never be happy, even if they fled to the end of the world. Though this story does not take us to the end of the world, it brings us close. Of all the hundred thousands of Germans who either fled Germany or those who were working or living abroad after 1933, a few thousand found refuge in various internment camps on the far-flung island of Jamaica. 

This documentary describes how Jamaica became a safe haven for those Germans, who were either living in the Island, or those rounded up by the British in West Africa, or captured on the high seas, while tracing and detailing the lives of 4 families who survived the war in the internment camps in Jamaica from 1939 - 1946.

 The film is sponsored by University Documentary Film Services and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. For more information about the screening or film, contact Kevin Kennedy at or 828-262-2348

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Every fall the department co-hosts the Latin American Film Series. An event open to students, faculty and the public in general. Admission is free. Schedule information of the films is posted on the first week of August.


Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Sanford Hall
225 Locust Street
ASU Box 32063
Boone, NC 28608-2063
(828) 262-3095 (office)
(828) 262-7079 (fax)

DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist 
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

LARC Director
Dr. Paul Sebastian
524 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2932

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