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.’ Over a thousand internees died in Gurs in the three years from October 1940; 611 of those died in the first four months, October 1940 to January 1941. Conditions improved somewhat after that, largely thanks to the commitment of dozens of welfare organisations. Internees themselves organised systems of self-help, including buying food from local farmers and on the black market. From March 1941, the old and the ill Tante Leonie [ 119 ] [ 120 ] were transferred to better-equipped camps, with medical facilities. Amazingly enough, cultural activities emerged – music

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reading of Gage, Pastoureau and others who have recorded the fortunes of blue, in art and in textile dyeing, over two millennia. It is primarily a history of the availability, and therefore cost, of materials. It is a history of plants – woad and indigo – and minerals – lapis lazuli, azurite, cobalt – and, later of the invention of synthetic blues. It is also very much a social history, linked not just to the discovery and extraction of colours but to navigation and trade routes, relations between nations and, especially in the case of indigo, the patterns of colonial

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