Christmas at Camp 70 – Fredericton

The sketch above was submitted to War Prisoners’ Aid for consideration of being printed as one of the annual Christmas cards produced by the organization and distributed to PoWs in Canada. The artist, Rudi Boege, was a civilian internee at Camp 70 (Fredericton, NB) and, as the spokesman described, one of the most gifted artists in the camp.

The design shows PoWs gathered around a bonfire and the campleader explained it had special meaning to the internees at Camp 70 for every Christmas eve, the internees lit a bonfire on the parade ground.

To my knowledge, the card was never produced. The War Prisoners’ Aid instead settled on a card depicting Camp 133 (Lethbridge, AB).

Merry Christmas to all my readers and best wishes in the new year!

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About michaelohagan

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

2 responses to “Christmas at Camp 70 – Fredericton”

  1. Burkert says :

    Thank you so much. I appreciate your work on this part of history. My father liked Christmas in the pow camp as he expressed it in his letters. I’ll mail some of them being at home after Christmas 🎄 All the best for you and your family. Sylvie

  2. John Ross Lavoie says :

    Thanks for your posts Michael. I really enjoy them.

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