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Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian Canadians

Edited by Licia Canton, Domenic Cusmano, Michael Mirolla, Jim Zucchero

Toronto: Guernica, 2012

Featuring essays ranging from oral history and case studies to philosophical reflections and literary analysis, this volume is a thorough examination of the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II. Twenty essays by contributors from across Canada shine a light on events that profoundly affected the Italian Canadian community. This volume marks the passage of Italian Canadians from former victims of state authority to engaged agents of social change. Beyond Barbed Wire looks back so that we can all move forward.

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Museums, archives, historical association and government agencies


Archives of Ontario

Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian War Museum

CBC Archives

CNE Archives

City of Toronto Archives

City of Vancouver Archives

The Friends of the Penitentiary Museum

Glenbow Museum

Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

McCord Museum

McGill Rare Books & Special Collections

Montreal Archives

Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario (MHSO)

Il Museo at the Italian Culture Centre

Nova Scotia Archives

Thunder Bay Public Library

Timmins Public Library

Toronto Star Archives

Trail Historical Society

Windsor's Community Museum

Windsor Public Library

Windsor Star Archives


Bibliography - download PDF

Other Related Projects

Link to other projects funded by the Community Historical Recognition Program, Citizenship and Immigration Canada. These projects focus on the experiences of communities affected by wartime measures and/or immigration restrictions applied in Canada in the past. They include publications, exhibitions, monuments and documentaries.

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For Teachers

Download our classroom activity and link to other resources on the experience of Italian Canadians during World War II. You will also find resources on the experiences of other groups in Canadian history. These are either related to or can be compared with the experience of Italian Canadians.

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