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PoWs: 'The One That Got Away'

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.

Actor Hardy Kruger reveals the sad fate of celebrated German escapee Franz Von Werra.
Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: April 11, 1958
Guest: Hardy Kruger
Commentator: Gerald Pratley
Duration: 2:35
Photo Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-163788

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