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Eric Koch on being a German Jewish internee in Canada in 1940

The Story

Eric Koch, a former producer for Take 30, is in the show’s studio as a guest today.  In 1940 he was a German refugee who had been interned in England and deported to a camp in Canada.  He has just published a book about the experience called Deemed Suspect: A Wartime Blunder, and talks to host Harry Brown about the experience.   He holds no bitterness about the time, and doesn't like to be labeled a refugee because “I’m a Canadian”.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1980
Interviewer: Harry Brown
Guest: Eric Koch
Duration: 12:32

Did You know?

• Eric Koch was born in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 31, 1919.  He emigrated to England in 1935, and was sent to Canada in 1940 as an "enemy alien".  

• Listen to this 1970 radio clip to hear Koch talk about CBC's International Radio Service.

• In this 1966 clip Take 30 producer Koch talks to Take 30 interviewer Paul Soles about the start of his career with the International Service.

• In 2016 Koch published a memoir titled Otto & Daria: A Wartime Journey Through No Man's Land.  He is the author of several other fiction and non-fiction works, including Inside Seven Days, I Remember the Location Exactly, and Hilmar and Odette.



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