AICW Remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
• On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on Great Britain, France and the Allied countries, including Canada. Canada, in turn, declared war on Italy.
• During the Second World War, the Canadian government arrested and incarcerated over 600 Italian Canadians under the War Measures Act.
• Many Italian Canadians were classified as “enemy aliens” and were required to report to authorities on a regular basis.
• None of the Italian Canadians interned was ever formally charged with a crime, yet some of them spent years imprisoned in an internment camp.
• Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le gouvernement canadien s'est servi de la Loi sur les mesures de guerre pour interner plus de 600 canadiens d'origine italienne.
• Beaucoup de canadiens d'origine italienne ont été considérés comme « sujet d'un pays ennemi » et étaient tenus de se signaler régulièrement aux autorités.
• Aucun des italo-canadiens internés n'a jamais été formellement accusé d'un crime, cependant certains d'entre eux ont passé des années emprisonnés dans un camp d'internement.
AICW REMEMBERS PROJECT FEATURED IN ACCENTI MAGAZINE
On newsstands now, the Winter Issue of Accenti includes a preview of works from Behind Barbed Wire:Terri Favro's "Angel of Petawawa" recounts an Italian Canadian soldier's journey home from Petawawa and the events surrounding a friend's internment; "Hello to Our Friends, If There Are Any Left" by Paula Mascioli and Giulia De Gasperi tells the life story of Paula's grandfather, internee Leo Mascioli; and Darlene Madott introduces "Horses," a pen and ink drawing by her late father John Madott, that celebrates the perseverance of Italians in helping create the Canada we know today.
The Fall 2011 of Accenti Magazine features three stories on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. In “Volumes Commemorate Italian Internees” Jim Zucchero explains that the Community Historical Recognition Program instituted by the Government of Canada is a welcome step in exposing past wrongs and gaining a new understanding of problematic historical events. Zucchero examines how revisiting and re-examining difficult episodes from our past allows us to become attuned to the lessons of history that can guide our social policies, laws and practices in “When Mass Hysteria Leads to Injustice.” Michael Mirolla explains exactly what happened in June 1940 in “Italian Enemy Aliens: How Canada Declared War on Its Own Citizens.”