Beau Bassin, Mauritius

Latitude 20°13'10"S
Longitude 57°27'30"E
City Beau Bassin
Country Mauritius


The British took control of Mauritius during the Napoleonic Wars, and ruled until 1968, when Mauritius became independent.
The Republic of Mauritius Republik Moris is comprised of the island of Mauritius, called Dina Harobi by the Arabs, and the islands of Cargados Carajos, also known as the Saint Brandon islands, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands.
Mauritius Island is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion and the island of Rodrigues.


The British Colonial Office had an old prison on Mauritius prepared for use as the men's internment camp, while the women's camp consisted of corrugated metal Nissen huts, nearby.


When the Jewish internees sailed for Palestine, and other destinations, 128 remained behind in the Jewish cemetery of St. Martin.
Jewish Virtual cites: "Under the Deed of Grant in 1946, the Board of Deputies gained ownership of the Mauritius Jewish cemetery. For a number of years, Jacques Desmarais, a non-Jew Mauritian, voluntarily maintained the cemetery. In 1958, the Board, along with a few individual sponsors, donated their time and money to repair the Jewish section of the cemetery."

Source References

  1. Sweet Lemons, Memories From An Internment Camp on Mauritius (1940-1945)
  2. The Mauritian shekel: the story of the Jewish detainees in Mauritius, 1940-1945


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