The German community in what is now the North East of England had become a substantial community by the end of the nineteenth century. The majority of Germans had successfully integrated into British society. But attitudes towards them changed in the years before 1914. When Germany became a serious military threat, German residents in Britain became a cause of national concern. Anti-German sentiments were soon followed by riots, restrictions, repatriation and internment.
Silvie Fisch is the founder and executive director of Northern Cultural Projects CIC. She passionately believes in the power of culture to enhance the quality of life of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.