Interview with Beatrice (Galardo) Ladyk

During World War II, Beatrice Galardo’s father, Emilio Galardo, and her brother, Pasquale Galardo, were arrested at the family photography studio in Sudbury, ON. Pasquale was released from jail, but Emilio was taken to Camp Petawawa where he was interned for one year. Subsequent to Emilio’s arrest, police arrived at the family home and searched through his belongings. The reason given for Emilio’s detention was his membership in an Italian club. Beatrice’s mother and brother tried to visit Emilio twice, but were turned away both times. In order to sustain the family during Emilio’s absence, Pasquale worked at the photography studio, while Emilio’s wife took in boarders. Beatrice describes her father as a different, much quieter man after his release from Petawawa.