The History of German POWs in Canada

Why are 187 German war dead buried in Kitchener, Ontario? It’s a question most will ask, and this is the pragmatic answer.

Woodland Cemetery was not the original resting place for German POWs who died in captivity. A list of the original cemeteries can be found here.

POW internment camps in Canada were spread across the entire nation, and were used during both world wars.

Explore artifacts that provide a glimpse into life as a POW in Canada. Personal items such as correspondence tell a part of the story.

A short history of Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Bach, the “Pastor of Hellfire Pass,” and one of the most renowned POWs buried at Woodland.

How did a German Merchant Navy Captain Hermann Adolf von Bardeleben end up in a Canadian POW camp?

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