Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Canadians of Ukrainian and Eastern European descent were imprisoned in internment camps across Canada, simply on the basis of their origins. For decades, their stories were buried under fear and shame
Friedrich Gerull was one of these thousands. Who was Friedrich? The first we learn of Friedrich being interred is by a post card that was sent to him in 1917 to Fort Henry Kingston Ontario that was in my grandfather's possession. Was Friedrich a brother or Uncle? He was obviously much cared about because family wrote to him.
Internees at Fort Henry were removed by the end of 1917; however, it seems Friedrich was not released and instead ended up at another camp in Kapuskasing. On October 27, 1919 he was Repatriated and sent back to Germany on the ship Pretorian. His journey to come to the Americas for a better life came to a disheartening end.
If Friedrich was grandpa's brother they kept in touch up until WWII after which he heard nothing about anyone in his family. What happened to Friedrich and the rest of the family?
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What it was like for Internee's