PRISONERS OF WAR: Behind Canadian Barbed Wire

Excerpt from "POW Behind Canadian Barbed Wire":

"The jury returned to a breathless court room. Even the ticking of the clock seemed exaggerated as the elected foreman of the jury rose and delivered the verdict: We find the accused guilty of murder. The silence was electric. The low monotone of the interpreter could be heard as he translated into German the dreaded statement. The judge spoke. Sentence of this court is that you be taken from here to the provincial jail at Lethbridge and there kept in custody until June 26, 1946. On that day you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead. And may the Lord have mercy on your soul."




Alien Internees at the Castle Mountain, Alberta camp heading out for work click image to enlarge
Alien Internees at the Castle Mountain, Alberta camp heading out for work - 1915. Storm Mountain in the background. Photo credit: Glenbow-Alberta Archives-G.W.H Millican.

Ozada: Camp #133. Located near Kanaskis-Seebe, AB. click image to enlarge
Ozada: Camp #133. Located near Kanaskis-Seebe, AB. Camp capacity was 10,000, and housed mainly Afrika Korps. From May to December, 1942. Note red target circle on the back and the red stripe down the right pant leg. Original water colour by the late Gottfried Dukes.

Last words are spoken on behalf of a prisoner at the graveside in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat, AB click image to enlarge
Last words are spoken on behalf of a prisoner at the graveside in Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat, AB. From left to right, 5 Army men, 2 in dark blue Naval uniforms, 2 German Luftwaffe men and then another 2 Army personnel. Note the use of the German flag which had a swastika in the center and the Iron Cross. Photo credit: Johannes Wittinger.