The End of Internment

The armistice which was signed on the 11th of November 1918 did not mean the end of internment. This naturally left the inhabitants of Stobs enduring another Scottish winter in a continued state of uncertainty. They were aware that it would be their last winter 1, and interest in the school and serious activity waned. The Stobsiade for January-February 1919 was the last one to be published. It is not clear when the last prisoners left the camp – speculation was still rife in this final newspaper. A poem 2 conveys the spirit of uncertainty. Although most of Germany was not physically damaged by the war, parts of the country were occupied, and people were finding it difficult to gain accurate news of what was happening 3. In an essay, an attempt is made to sum up the experience of being in Stobs 4. It talks of an early “golden” age while the civilians were there, followed by a “silver age” which lasted until exchanges to Holland started. The final age is described as an “iron” age. By the end, people were desperate to leave.