Prisoners of the home front [electronic resource] : German POWs and "enemy aliens" in southern Quebec, 1940-46 /
Martin F. Auger.
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2005.
xii, 227 p. ; 24 cm.
0774812230 (alk. paper), 9780774812238 (alk. paper)
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Vancouver : UBC Press, c2005.
0774812230 (alk. paper)
9780774812238 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-221) and index.
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Auger has written a readable narrative that uses insightful analysis grounded in primary research from a regional perspective. The book is highly recommended for general and specialist readers.-- Chris Madsen, International History Review XXVIII, 4The issue of the labour and re-education camps set up during World War II has been widely addressed over the last sixty years, but few works offer a strictly Canadian point of view, and even fewer focus on Quebec. Thus, Martin F. Auger#146;s work is most welcome. He describes the living conditions to which prisoners, mostly Germans and Italians, were subjected for several years, and explains the various reasons that drove Canadian authorities to set up such labour camps. ... In short, Auger#146;s work is indispensable for anyone interested in Canada#146;s national war effort during the Second World War.-- Charles Létourneau, Canadian Army Journal, Vol.10.1The memoir material provides an ideal counterpoint to the basic history gleaned from the government sources, and the author weaves an excellent narrative from the various strands involved. ...In his recommendation of this book, my colleague Kent Fedorowich describes it as #145;the benchmark for the future study of Canada#146;s ... history as a captor power during the Second World War#146;. I would go further and say that in several respects it sets benchmarks for all future regional and local studies of prisoners of war and internees, be they in Canada or elsewhere.-- Bob Moore, University of Sheffield, War in History, Issue 14-4 Prisoners on the Home Frontsheds some much needed light on an under-represented topic in Second World War historiography. ... This book has forged a new path for the study of Canadian internment camps during the Second World War.-- A.C., Canadian Military History, Spring 2008
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Little is known of the internment of German prisoners of war, civilians and merchant seamen on Canadian soil during the Second World War. In the midst of the most destructive conflict in human history, almost 40,000 Germans were detained in twenty-five permanent internment camps and dozens of smaller work camps located across Canada. Five of these permanent camps were located on the southern shores of the St. Lawrence River at Farnham, Grande Ligne, Ile-aux-Noix. Sherbrooke, and Sorel in the province of Quebec. Martin Auger's book provides a fascinating insight into the internment operation in southern Quebec. The study examines the organization and day-to-day affairs of internment camps, and offers an in-depth analysis of the experience of the German prisoners who inhabited these camps. The author shows how the pressures of internment, such as restricted mobility, sexual deprivation, social alienation, and the lack of material comfort created important psychological and physical strains on inmates. In response, Canadian authorities introduced labour projects and educational programs to uphold morale, to thwart internal turmoil, and to prevent escapes. These initiatives also aimed to expose German prisoners to the values of a democratic society and prepare their postwar reintegration. The author concludes that Canada abided with the provisions of the Geneva Convention, and that its treatment of German prisoners was humane. Prisoners of the Home Front sheds light on life behind Canadian barbed wire. The study fills an important void in our knowledge of the Canadian home front during the Second World War and furthers our understanding of the human experience in times of war.
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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 Frontdetails 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
A history of internmentp. 3
Organizing and developing southern Quebec's internment operationp. 19
Life behind barbed wirep. 44
Labour projectsp. 93
Educational programsp. 116
Canada's internment experience : a home front victoryp. 147
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