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Ruhlebenites: Internees, general
The Ruhleben internees represented not only residents from the UK but from across the British Empire including Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Jamaica. For a time, two young Russian boys-captured in full soldier uniform at Novo-Georgievsk, a Russian fortress northwest of Warsaw, Poland, in August 1915-were interned at Ruhleben. For the short time that these boys were in Camp, they were incredibly popular companions for the internees who were missing their own families and children. Despite their ethnic, religious, and racial diversity, the Ruhlebenites forged a bond that did not end at the camp's gates, but continued for many years and resulted in annual reunions and gatherings.