Coming soon: 74th anniversary of the release of Adrien Arcand from internment

Biographical Sketch of Adrien Arcand (1983)

Subscribe!  We’re putting together something special to commemorate the event.  On July 3rd, 1945, Adrien Arcand was freed after 5 years and 5 weeks of detention without trial during WWII.  It was the longest internment of its kind in the whole British Empire.

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Ils furent entassés dans des baraques, jusqu’à 85 prisonniers logeant dans des bâtiments d’une capacité de 48.  Il n’y avait aucune installation sanitaire, seulement deux grandes chaudières près des lits de camp.  Les baraques étaient construites d’un rang de planches clouées sur des poteaux.  Elles étaient mal chauffées :  par trois poêles qui rôtissaient les occupants les plus proches.  Les fenêtres étaient grillagées.  Après l’appel matinal, les détenus allaient aux travaux forcés, et s’ils refusaient, ils étaient relégués au cachot.  Dans le dos de chacun, il y avait un disque rouge.  Les installations avaient visiblement été improvisées, ce qui rendait la peine d’incarcération doublement insupportable.  La Croix-Rouge canadienne n’intervint jamais en faveur des Canadiens détenus dans ces camps, considérés qu’ils étaient comme des apatrides ; quand ces derniers voulurent donner leur sang, on osa même le refuser !  Seuls les Allemande partageaient leurs propres colis avec eux.

They were tossed into barracks, up to 85 prisoners lodging in buildings with a capacity of 48.  There were no sanitary installations, only two big cauldrons near the camp beds.  The barracks were constructed from a row of floors nailed to posts.  They were poorly heated:  by three stoves which roasted the occupants nearest.  After the morning wake-up, the detainees went to forced labor, and if they refused, they were locked in cells.  On the back of each (detainee), there was a red disc.  The installations visibly had been improvised, which made the pain of incarceration doubly intolerable.  The Canadian Red Cross never intervened in favor of the Canadian detainees in these camps, deeming them stateless.  When they wished to donate their blood, they were boldly refused!  Only the Germans shared their own packages with them.

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