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Winnipeg Free Press
28 November 1988

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The Edgewood internment camp, British Columbia, 1916 (Photo courtesy of US National Archives)

It's a pity that Myron Spolsky and Prof. Stella Hryniuk of the University of Manitoba's history department did not consult the writings of Sir William Otter, the officer commanding the internment operations for the Canadian Department of Justice during 1914-20, prior to their statements that "there is no evidence the government seized and sold internees' property," (Ukrainian-Canadian lobby for redress opposed, Free Press, November 6).

They would have learned that, "As many of those interned were residents of Canada and possessed real estate, securities, etc., such have been turned over to the 'Custodian of Enemy Alien Properties' for the future decision of the Government" (Otter, Internment Operations 1914-1920, Ottawa, 1921).

Based on his lengthy research of the internment issue, J.H. Thompson, a history professor at McGill University has stated that the Canadian government sold seized "enemy alien" property at auction for 10 cents on the dollar.

T. Melnyk

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