An Athlete: Leutnant Hilmar Schmidt

Continuing my last post’s brief discussion of sports in PoW camps in Canada, today’s post showcases a few pieces in my collection relating to the sporting achievements of one German officer in Camp 30. Camp 30, located in Bowmanville, Ontario, was among the many camps to have organized sporting events. The camp was built aroundContinue reading “An Athlete: Leutnant Hilmar Schmidt”

Sports behind Barbed Wire

Life behind barbed wire was generally monotonous and strictly regulated and for those spending upwards of five years in internment camps were liable to suffer significant mental strain. In an attempt to both prevent this and to break-up their daily routine, among the many activities organized by PoWs were sporting events. A variety of teamsContinue reading “Sports behind Barbed Wire”

I hope there aren’t any late fines…

Ergebnisheft zum Rechenbuch: für den Unterricht in der Wehrmacht and in English, the Results Booklet for Arithmetic Book: for the Teaching of the Wehrmacht Printed in Dresden in 1938, this small book has had an interesting life. As the stamps on the front suggest, some time in the early 1940s, the German Red Cross sentContinue reading “I hope there aren’t any late fines…”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers! Here’s a particularly relevant piece from my collection, a Christmas card send from PoWs to one of their captors. This card is addressed to Sergeant-Major James Ogilvie Thomson, a member of the Veterans’ Guard who was employed as the camp quartermaster at CampContinue reading “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

Birthday Behind Barbed Wire

Having recently celebrated my 26th birthday, I can’t help think how differently this PoW celebrated his. Unfortunately, I do not know his name (might be Hans), but this individual celebrated his birthday in 1943 as a PoW in Canada, likely in in Medicine Hat or Lethbridge. This card was made by one (Fredl) or moreContinue reading “Birthday Behind Barbed Wire”

German Remembrance Day 2014

As I am in the midst of my comprehensive exams, this is a just a quick update! The annual German Remembrance Day service is being held on Sunday, November 16. This service takes place at Woodland Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario (119 Arlington Boulevard) at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the German Embassy’s website.

Following In Their Footsteps

For my 50th post and my one-year anniversary on WordPress, I’d like to share what I’ve been up to these last few weeks. Two years ago, I was forwarded an email from someone in Germany whose father had spent time in Canada during the Second World War as a prisoner of war. Lutz, the senderContinue reading “Following In Their Footsteps”

Postcard from Malte Sacolowsky, U-501

Last week I posted about “Real Photo” picture postcards sent home by PoWs interned in Canada. Today, I’d like to focus on one of those postcards and share a little more about one of the men featured in it. In the seventy years that have passed since these postcards were mailed, the provenance of manyContinue reading “Postcard from Malte Sacolowsky, U-501”

Picture Postcards – Part III of PoW Mail

Continuing with the topic of Prisoner of War mail, today’s post deals with the picture postcard, a popular form of communication between PoWs and their friends and family back home. Picture postcards are exactly what they sound like: postcards with a picture on them. As I’ve mentioned before, these photos not only allowed PoWs toContinue reading “Picture Postcards – Part III of PoW Mail”

PoW Interpretive Wagon Tours

Bear with me for a bit of shameless self-promotion! Friends of Riding Mountain National Park (and myself) are pleased to announce the return of the “From North Africa to the North Woods” Interpretive PoW Wagon Tour! In Riding Mountain National Park this September Long Weekend? Why not take a tour to PoW Camp! Loaded ontoContinue reading “PoW Interpretive Wagon Tours”