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Return to Camp Wainwright

While few people remember it now, Canada was home to thousands of German and Italian prisoners during the Second World War. With Britain fearful of a possible invasion, more than 37,000 of their PoWs were transported to remote camps across Canada. Over a seven-year period the prisoners basked in a unique brand of Canadian hospitality, enjoying a lifestyle that convinced some to eventually call Canada home. CBC Archives takes a look back at the reality of life behind the Canadian barbed wire.

Thirty-four former German PoWs return to the scene of their wartime imprisonment in Wainwright, Alberta.
Medium: Television
Program: Newsday
Broadcast Date: Sept. 16, 1980
Guest: Alf Cryderman
Duration: 2:07

Last updated: March 18, 2013

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