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Letter from Deputy Minister of Justice, to Mrs. C. Sauro, September 26, 1940
Letter from Deputy Minister of Justice, to Mrs. C. Sauro, September 26, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
From his arrest, Clementina was relentless in her mission to have her husband released. She wrote many letters on his behalf, including in one example, a letter to M.J. Coldwell, a Social Democratic politician and a fellow clergyman. As a result, Coldwell raised the issue of Libero’s internment in the House of Commons, pointing out that Sauro’s sons were in the Canadian services.
This example indicates the lack of information provided to the families. Many wives and children sought information on the status of their husbands and fathers, only to receive a standard acknowledgement of the receipt of their letters.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
September 26, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [typed] WRJ//PD [printed on paper] PLEASE ADDRESS / THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE / OTTAWA / OTTAWA [dotted line] [typed] September 26th, [printed on paper] 19 [dotted line] [typed] 40. / Dear Madam: / Re: Rev. Libero Sauro / I have been directed by the Minister / of Justice to acknowledge receipt of your letter of / the 22nd instand, with reference to the detention of / your husband, and to say that I am asking the R.C.M.P. / for a report with reference thereto and will write you further upon receipt thereof. / Yours truly, / [signature in ink] W. R. Jackett [typed] for the Advisory Committee / on Orders of Restriction and Detention. / Mrs. C. Sauro, / 104 Millwood Rd., / TORONTO, Ont.
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