Interview with Gloria Miron & Richard Ladyk
Cousins Gloria Miron and Richard Ladyk describe the internment of their grandfather, Emilio Galardo. This interview is a follow-up to one with Richard’s mother, Beatrice (Galardo) Ladyk. Emilio was arrested at his photography studio along with his son, Pasquale, and his friend, Oscar. The Chief of Police, who was a former friend of Emilio’s, was the arresting officer. Emilio was a gun collector and was accused of collecting the guns for use in the war. The police searched his house looking for guns; the confiscated guns were never returned to him or his family. Emilio was interned at Camp Petawawa for nearly three years. When his family tried to visit him, they were turned away. When Gloria's mother discovered that Emilio was being held without charges, she drove to Ottawa in order to find the judge that signed the papers that interned him. The judge confirmed that no charges were laid and two weeks later Emilio was released. The internment broke Emilio’s spirit and he never regained his dignity. Gloria describes his photography that is currently on file with the City of Sudbury. She also reads aloud a translation of a poem that Emilio wrote during his internment.