• Lubomyr Luciuk

    Canada’s first national internment operations came into force with the passage of The War Measures Act (22 August 1914). Thousands of men (and some women & children) were branded “enemy aliens,” forced to do heavy labour for the profit of their gaolers, suffered the confiscation of what little wealth they had, were disenfranchised (War Time Elections Act, 1917) and suffered many other state-sanctioned censures not because of anything they did but only because of who they were, where they had come from. Most were Ukrainians, although Serbs, Croats, Hungarians and other citizens of the Ottoman Turkish & Austro-Hungarian empires were also imprisoned. A few Jewish immigrants (from what is now western Ukraine and was then known as eastern Galicia) were likewise rounded up. For the remarkable story of a Jewish Canadian hero who rescued some of his co-religionists from the Fort Henry camp see my article in the 28 March 2002 issue of The Whig Standard, “A modern day Moses in the King’s Town,” (it can be found at http://www.uccla.ca in the ‘Search Our Archives’ section). Mr Cohen deserves to be remembered.