Photograph of internees
Double row of 9 internees; three are seated in the front. All seem to be wearing heavier clothes suggesting the picture was taken in early spring or in the fall. An identification card reading "48" is positioned on the ground beside the internee seated at the far right. The group is positioned in front of a building whose facing seems to be comprised of studded wood planks.
Photograph is dated in black ink to 1943. As a result, this picture would have been taken in Fredericton Internment Camp, where the remaining Italian Canadian internees were transferred in July 1942. The identification card used suggests it was a formal picture taken by a government official. Further the back of the image is stamped "91C" in the lower right corner and "CANADA INT-OP CENSORED".
This photograph belongs to a collection preserved by Italian Canadian internee Osvaldo Giacomelli. Previous to his death, he had spoken on the record about his internment to journalists and academics. Some suggestion has been made that Giacomelli was a fascist supporter and Mussolini-adherent. He was one of the longest-serving of the Italian Canadian internees, released on May 29, 1945. Giacomelli himself felt that he was wrongfully interned, and sued the Government of Canada in 2005. When Giacomelli died in March of 2006, his case was still unresolved.