[Bert Knoll's notes for public speeches]
Date of Creation[198–?]
Extent & Medium1 document, 3 sheets : 17.5 x 21.5 cm, 28.5 x 21.5 cm, 4.1 cm x 21.5 cm
Scope & ContentItem consists of three typescript pages describing the life experiences of Bert Knoll in Vienna, Austria, from his birth in 1923 to 1938, then his experience in England, when he reached his mother in July 1939 and worked as a cook trainee at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. In May 1940, Bert was interned as enemy alien in English camps and then sent to Canada.
Bert recalls being sent to the Trois-Rivières camp in Québec, and then to another camp near Fredericton, New Brunswick. He worked in kitchens and as a lumberjack, for 20 cents a day. In the fall of 1941 he was transferred to the Sherbrooke internment camp, where he worked as shoemaker, in the kitchen and making ammunition for the Canadian Army. Next year, he moved to the Ile-aux-Noix camp, where he fell ill with pneumothorax. He was sent to Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s military hospital until January 1944, then was transferred to the Mount Sinai sanatorium. Finally, Bert describes his studies in accounting after being released from the camps, his various jobs in Canada and his application for Canadian citizenship.