It was a fascinating – and sometimes tragic – story. On June 10, 1940 hundreds of Italian men were rounded up from across Canada and sent to Internment Camps as enemy aliens. In many cases, they were naturalized citizens who had lived in Canada for many years. We look at the differences between the Italian Communities in Vancouver, Trail and Nanaimo, where dozens of males were interred, and here in the Okanagan, where there was only one internee in the entire valley. What factors made the difference? And what was life like during the war for those Italians who had made Kelowna their home? What happens when a war comes Between Neighbours?
Lectures available in person at the Okanagan Military Museum and online via Zoom.