Mapping PoWs in Canada

Few Canadians realize just how close the Second World War came to home, that from 1939 to 1947, Canada held over 34,000 prisoners of war. While many spent their days in one of twenty-eight internment camps, almost half of them were employed on a labour project by the end of the war.

With some free time at hand, I had a chance to update the map I posted a few weeks earlier. Whereas the former version only showed the locations of internment camps in Canada, this new map includes over 200 of these labour projects scattered across the country.

Internment camps are once again the large red circles while labour projects are shown as smaller orange dots. Light orange dots indicate a single labour project while the darker ones indicate the presence of more than one labour project at that location.

While this is still a work in progress, it just goes to show the extent of Canadian internment operations during the war (and this does not include Japanese-Canadian internees).

Any camps near you that you did not know about?

Published by Michael O'Hagan

Historian studying German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War

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