By Sean Graham
Nathan M. Greenfield, author of Hanged in Medicine Hat: Murder in a Nazi Prisoner-of-War Camp and the Disturbing True Story of Canada’s Last Mass Execution, joins me to talk about POW camp 132 in Medicine Hat. We talk about how the camp came to be, the prisoners’ relationship with the local community, and the internal culture that developed at the site. We also discuss the Nazi influence in the camp, the murder of two prisoners, and the resulting trial and execution.
For more, you can read Nathan’s editorial “When was it Unjust to Kill Seven Nazi Soldiers? When it Happened in Canada”
Historical Headline of the Week
Stephen J. Thorne, “Archeologists Uncover Hospital Artifacts at Notorious PoW Camp,” Legion Magazine, October 25, 2022
Sean Graham is a media historian, an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with Activehistory.ca