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Prisoners of the Home Front

German POWs and "Enemy Aliens" in Southern Quebec, 1940-46

In the middle of the most destructive conflict in human history, the Second World War, almost 40,000 Germans civilians and prisoners of war were detained in internment and work camps across Canada. Prisoners of the Home Front details the organization and day-to-day affairs of these internment camps and reveals the experience of their inmates. Auger concludes that Canada abided by the Geneva Convention; its treatment of German prisoners was humane. This book sheds light on life behind barbed wire, filling an important void in our knowledge of the Canadian home front during the Second World War.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Jeffrey A. Keshen


1 A History of Internment

2 Organizing and Developing Southern Quebec’s Internment Operation

3 Life behind Barbed Wire

4 Labour Projects

5 Educational Programs

6 Canada’s Internment Experience: A Home Front Victory





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