Sigmund Muenz 'Enemy Aliens' ephemera collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Title NoteTitle based on contents of collection.
Extent & Medium7 items
Administrative/Biographical HistorySigmund Muenz was born on July 5, 1921 in the small town of Altengronau, Sinntal, Germany to an Orthodox Jewish family. His father owned a department store, which was on the same property as the community’s synagogue and mikvah. After finishing his schooling, Muenz studied metalwork and machinery at a trade school in Frankfurt. By 1938, the rise of Nazism had divided Muenz’s family. His father was badly beaten during Kristallnacht and passed away shortly after, his sister was sent to England on the kindertransport, and his mother moved to the United States.
Through a program organized by Jewish communities in Great Britain, Muenz travelled to England on May 4, 1939, where he worked in a machine shop in Twickenham. In June 1940, Muenz was interned at Hampton Park racetrack and in Huyton, outside of Liverpool, before being transferred to Canada.
Upon his arrival in July, Muenz was interned in Camp Q (Monteith, Ontario) and Camp I (Île-aux-Noix, Quebec). While interned, he worked making nets for anti-aircraft guns and helped bring camp supplies across the river barge.
After his unsponsored release, Muenz lived with French Canadian families and worked at a service station until he was conscripted into the army and attended training in Kingston, Ontario as part of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers. He was not deployed overseas before the end of the war. He studied accounting at a community college in Montreal, and worked as a bookkeeper at a butcher shop and in the needle industry. Muenz passed away in 2012.
Scope & ContentCollection is comprised of ephemera related to Sigmund Muenz's emigration from England and subsequent internment as an 'enemy alien' in Canada.
Archival HistoryItems in collection were loaned to the VHEC by Sigmund Muenz for its exhibition, Enemy Aliens. His daughter, Ellen Greenspoon, donated the materials in accession 2019.068.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated to the VHEC by Ellen Greenspoon in 2019.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by Rules for Archival Description
Archivist's NoteDescription created in 2022 by Ryan Cheuk Him Sun with assistance from Michaela Sawyer.
Date of Description2022