[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] World War 1 internment camps in Canada

Allyn Brosz zsorba99 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 11 12:31:02 PDT 2014

In the United States, the anti-German paranoia/hysteria was fairly
widespread and affected many first, second, and third generation American
residents, both citizens and aliens, simply because of their origin and
their accents. In addition to the internments mentioned in previous
messages, my GR ancestors in the Dakotas were subjected to extreme
pressures to purchase "Liberty Bonds" to finance the war. Speaking the
German language was banned in public and over the telephone, and my
ancestors resorted to secret church services held in farmers' haylofts and
other venues because German-language services were prohibited.

Here are a couple of excellent links:



Allyn Brosz
Washington, DC

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM, <ger-poland-volhynia-request at sggee.org>

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Bob Frederking <robert.frederking at gmail.com>
> To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
> Cc:
> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:41:32 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] World War 1 internment camps in Canada
> Russia was an Ally of Great Britain during WW1, so our ancestors who came
> from Volhynia were on Russian passports and generally were not bothered.
> Bob Frederking
> On 10/09/2014 8:41 PM, Helen Gillespie wrote:
>> The August issue of a Toronto area German newspaper called ECHO GERMANICA
>> outlined a story on  "enemy aliens" - mainly Ukrainian, Polish, Croatian
>> and German immigrants who were interned during the First War -  even if
>> they were naturalized citizens - or, if not interned, compelled to
>> register
>> with the local authorities on a regular basis.
>> Perhaps your ancestor was one of these?
>> A website about these 24 Canadian internment camps has been created and
>> plaques will be dedicated in remembrance.  The Ukrainian Civil Liberties
>> Union has been the main force behind the website found at
>> http://www.internmentcanada.ca/
>> A list of internees - mostly Ukrainian, but some German - is found in a
>> publication called Roll Call - plus a number of other books on the subject
>> - see  the bibliography
>> http://www.internmentcanada.ca/resources-bibliography.cfm
>> Helen
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