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Leave pass from the Australian Military Forces for Heinz Lippmann

Date: 1945
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Heinz Lippmann
Object Name: Pass
Object No: ANMS0221[001]

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    An Australian military forces leave pass, number 64688, for Heinz Lippmann. The pass states that Lipmann, A. (Sic), no. V377661, of the 8th Australian Employment Company is on duty daily, with the exception of Sundays, from 0600 to 1700 hours.

    HistoryThere was debate in both Britain and Australia from as early as October 1940 as to the moral and ethical status of imprisoning enemy 'aliens' in camps. Despite widespread fears of spies and Nazi sympathisers infiltrating local communities, it became clear the very vast majority of internees were victims and refugees of their home countries.
    In May 1941 it was clear that those men transported to Australia on HMT DUNERA had suffered a grave miscarriage of justice and it was recommended they be released. Around 900 men elected to remain in Australia, and a substantial number of them served with Australia's defence forces, notably in the 8th Employment Company.
    This company, like other military employment companies, was made up of unarmed men who wanted to contribute to the war effort in Australia. They were predominantly involved in manual labor such as road and equipment repair, the loading and unloading of goods and the general day to day mechanics of war on the Australian homefront.

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