Photograph of Rino & Philip Albanese, Aurich, Germany, ca. 1945

Photograph of Rino & Philip Albanese, in front of sign for Maple Leaf Barracks, Aurich, Germany, ca. 1945. Aurich served as the base for Canadian War Crimes Department (North West Detachment). The Royal Winnipeg Rifles provided guard detail.

At the age of 18, Rino Albanese and his twin Philip enlisted in active service with the Canadian military. They were trained at Petawawa, where most of the about 600 Italian Canadian internees were housed.  At the same time, the twin's father, Giovanni was designated as an enemy alien. The brothers were sent overseas where they served with the Canadian forces in England, Holland, and Germany.