The Salvation Islands ... This charming place simply referred to the three islands located offshore between Cayenne and Saint-Laurent du Maroni, in French Guyana.
One of the parts of a bagne, in fact.
There were deported common law prisoners, apple thieves or hardened criminals, but also politicians, including Dreyfus.
With hindsight, we now know that the prison was indeed an extermination camp and that there were crimes against humanity.
You will have no trouble finding many reports on this subject, especially on the great purification of the 1940s, which saw three-quarters of the prisoners die in atrocious conditions.
It is another vision of history, much more real and documented than the one that lingers in our collective conscious and unconscious.