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Japanese Canadian remembers refusing to comply with internment

The Story


The grounds, enclosed with barbed wire, are filled with rows of barracks and nine guard towers. Here, in Angler, Ont., those who resisted evacuation orders have been imprisoned without trial. In this CBC Radio feature, one man recalls his experience. Along with his brother and father, he steadfastly objected to the principle of mass evacuation. Refusing to acquiesce, he was held for four years.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Wednesday Night
Interviewer: Douglas Leiterman
Broadcast Date: Feb. 24, 1960
Duration: 3:01
Photo: National Archives – C047387

Did You know?


• The Japanese Canadian prisoners wore uniforms like the German PoW's with a large orange circle on their back. Some believed that it made them into walking targets.

• Some of the prisoners said that while they felt betrayed by Canada, they were nonetheless treated humanely and developed a friendly rapport with the prison guards.

• Approximately 700 Japanese Canadians were interned at the Angler PoW camp. The Canadian government eventually recognized that the prisoners did not constitute a real threat and allowed them to leave the camp and start new lives in Ontario throughout the war.


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