Poser, Ernest G. (2 March 1921 – 2012)

BiographyErnest Poser was born in Vienna in 1921 and spent his childhood in Leipzig. He experienced antisemitism in school as early as 1930. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Poser’s father moved the family to London. When war broke out, Poser’s time spent in England was just shy of qualifying for naturalization. He was classified as a category “C” alien and told he would not be interned. Poser was nonetheless arrested at his family home and interned in Kempton Park racecourse and Huyton. Poser was deported to Canada on the S.S. Ettrick. In Canada he was interned in Camp Q (Monteith, Ontario) and Camp N (Sherbrooke, Quebec). Poser’s shaver was not confiscated on arrival and he became the barber of Camp B. Upon release in October 1941, Poser received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Queens University, Kingston Ontario, and his Ph.D in psychology from the University of London, England. He was a professor of psychology at McGill University and the University of British Columbia. Ernest Poser passed away in 2012.