“Christmas in Canada as Usual”: Celebrating on the Home Front

Earlier this week, we shared an episode from the Imperial War Museum’s Voices of the First World War series that looked at the various ways Christmas was experienced during conflict. While we are often reminded of how Christmas was celebrated on the Western Front, perhaps most famously through the Christmas truce of 1914, we are less familiar with the way Christmas was experienced on the home front from 1914 to 1918. Christmas on the home front may have been more comfortable in many ways, but civilians were still feeling the impact of the war and absent loved ones left little to celebrate during the holidays. Continue reading ““Christmas in Canada as Usual”: Celebrating on the Home Front”

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The unseen enemy: Canadian internment camps in World War I

[Tray, Amherst Internment Camp] jointed wood, 1917. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2016.02.19.01
[Tray, Amherst Internment Camp] jointed wood, 1917. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2016.02.19.01
One of Canada’s darker wartime legacies from the Great War is the systematic establishment of internment camps for so-called “enemy aliens”. As in the Second World War, the idea of immigrants from countries with whom Canada was at war serving as enemy spies and saboteurs raised fear among the general population. In fact, initially the burning of the Canadian Parliament buildings in 1916 was blamed on German saboteurs within the country.  Continue reading “The unseen enemy: Canadian internment camps in World War I”