Prisoner of War mail, by Ruggero Bacci, to Mr. Aldo Bacci, July 24, 1942
This handwritten prisoner of war mail in Italian, was sent by Ruggero Bacci, and is addressed to his son Aldo Bacci, on July 24, 1942.
Bacci writes his eldest son, noting that the internees have been moved to Camp Fredericton. He is unhappy with the relocation as he is now even further away from his family. He writes that he must be patient that justice will eventually prevail, but notes he is upset that he can no longer expect his family to visit or to receive their news in short course. Bacci tells his son to behave with integrity as he has always done, and to remain proud of his Italian ancestry. Both Aldo and his brother are to work towards their goals and should not be upset by his situation, as Bacci claims never to have acted dishonourably.
The letter bears a stamp noting it has been examined by the censor.
Bacci was interned for almost three years. In his absence, his wife Erminia (Minnie) suffered a serious nervous breakdown and was hospitalized at length. Bacci's oldest son Aldo was forced to quit high school to help support the family. When his father was released and returned home, Aldo received notice that he was conscripted into the Canadian Army; however, he did not serve overseas.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials on loan by the Bacci family.