German Prisoners of War
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In Canada, 37,000 enemy soldiers were interned across 40 Prisoner of War (PoW) Camps during the Second World War. About 440 of those prisoners stayed at the Whitewater PoW Camp, located 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba. There, prisoners worked in the forest six days a week, harvesting wood for fuel. The camp had no fence, and no guard towers. Prisoners often snuck out at night to visit local towns, but returned in time for morning roll call. Today, the site of the former PoW camp is part of Riding Mountain National Park.
DescriptionThis 16-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the Second World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.