Welcome to my blog! I am a historian interested in Canadian environmental, digital, and military history. Originally from rural Manitoba, I completed my undergraduate degree in history from the University of Manitoba, my M.A. from Western University, and my PhD from Western University.
My main research interest is the history of German prisoners of war (POWs) in Canada during the Second World War. Most of my research has focused on Manitoba’s Riding Mountain Park Labour Project (also known as the Whitewater Lake POW Camp – you can find more of this at www.prisonersinmb.blogspot.ca).
My PhD dissertation, “Beyond the Barbed Wire: POW Labour Projects in Canada during the Second World War,” examined German POWs in labour projects in Canada, primarily in Northwestern Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba. I focused on a series of case studies, including the Riding Mountain Park Labour Project (Whitewater Lake POW Camp), Ontario-Minnesota Pulp & Paper Co., Abitibi Power & Paper Co., Donnell & Mudge Ltd., and POWs working on farms. It is available for free download here: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/6849/
If you have stumbled across this while trying to learn more about a specific prisoner, guard, or camp, or you have any questions, please get in touch! I am always looking for more information about POWs in Canada so if you have any stories, photographs, or information that you would be willing to share, please let me know.
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