"Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers"

Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940–1945

Reviewed by Chinemerem Chigbo

Posted January 16, 2020

When the Second World War began in 1939, no one would have expected that Canada, of all places, would become home to hundreds of individuals deemed to be “dangerous enemy sympathizers.” Yet in 1940, hidden by the woods some thirty-five kilometres east of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Internment Camp B was established by the Canadian government.

In “Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers”, Trent University professor Andrew Theobald explores a dark chapter of Canadian history, illuminating the daily lives of the incarcerated German and Austrian Jewish refugees who lived within the barbed fences of Camp B. Theobald also investigates the conditions that led to the internment of both refugees and Canadian citizens, the debates regarding the ethics of internment, and the major role internment camps played in shaping postwar government immigration policies.

The story is told from various perspectives and is aided by numerous illustrations and photographs. “Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers” is a quick read that, while less than two hundred pages, develops Theobald’s extensive research about Camp B and the people imprisoned within it.

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This article originally appeared in the February-March 2020 issue of Canada’s History.

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