By David J. Carter
- Behind Canadian Barbed Wire (2004) is immediately available.
The re-print includes 9 additional black & white photos. Due to
increased costs of production since 1998 when the book was last printed,
the price is now $22 plus $8 postage within Canada/USA. Overseas (surface) postage
This book formed the basis for the
National Film Board of Canada production 'The
Enemy Within' ; and for the CBC TV COUNTRY CANADA documentary 'Murder
Behind the Wire', and for a GERMAN ZDF-TV film for viewing in
Germany. 'Murder Behind the Wire' was
seen by an estimated 1.2 million viewers across Canada.
During both world wars Canada operated camps for prisoners of war. In the
First World War Canadian authorities rounded up, screened and imprisoned Canadian
residents who did not possess Canadian citizenship and who were judged to be in sympathy
with enemies of the British Empire. Twenty-four camps were operated across the country
during the period 1914-1920 - yes 1920 two years after the end of the war!
When the Second World War broke out, Canada immediately imprisoned many persons in the
same manner as during the First World War. Many internment camps, POW camps, and satellite
work sites were opened across Canada. Twenty-six main camps operated primarily in Ontario,
Quebec and Alberta. The two largest camps holding 12,000 combatant POW each were located
near Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, Alberta.
In 1940 German combatant prisoners 'invaded Canada' at the request of Britain. Between
1940 and 1944 over 40,000 German POW were kept on Canadian soil - behind Canadian barbed
wire. Eventually all POW were repatriated to Britain then to war torn Germany or Austria.
'POW - Behind Canadian Barbed Wire' is based upon historical documentation and
first hand accounts of both 'Alien' and German POW and includes material never before
published. It is 265 pages in length and includes 24 photographs.
In the Medicine Hat camp #132, two POW were murdered by fellow prisoners. In 1946, five
POW were sentenced to death and hanged at Lethbridge Provincial Jail.
An eyewitness account of one of the murder trials.
'POW - Behind Canadian Barbed Wire' tells the stories of the camps of both wars
together with the escape attempts, murders, trials and executions. In addition, coverage
is given the POW camps in Britain and the USA together with the murders and executions
which took place in those countries. The large camps which were operated under appalling
conditions by the Allies after the end of the war in Europe are examined.
Now Available. Prairie
Wings, The story
of #34 Service Flying Training School, Medicine Hat.
'POW - Behind Canadian Barbed Wire' includes a complete listing of the 137 POW
deaths, causes, dates of death and initial burial locations in Canada. The book has 24
photos related to sites in Canada and Britain. Also included are exclusive views of
funeral ceremonies and burials in the Medicine Hat POW camp. The bibliography lists
extensive reference sources including books, articles, interviews, videos, Internet links
and CD-ROM resources.
Storyline Entertainment, Toronto recently produced a TV
documentary for History Television. Check out the link, www.hitlerscanadians.com.
Much of the documentary was
based upon David Carter's book and he
supplied them with research and photographs.
Check out our Slide Show of pictures most of which have never been
Visitors since June 1998