Saturday, August 23, 2014

Canadian Internment Camps & My Grandpa... 100 Years Ago!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be discussing something that happened 100 years ago, yesterday.

While I knew about the issue I'll be discussing, I was never sure exactly when it began.  At least, until I watched the television (TV) news, last evening.

Having never seen any news items about this in the past, it made my heart skip a beat.  I was totally surprised.

You see, it was the 100th anniversary of the WW1 internment camps, here in Canada.

Why is this important to me?  Well, it's due to the fact that my paternal grandfather spent time in an internment camp in the Province of Quebec.

My grandpa was from Bukovina.  At least, that is what the area was called in Eastern Europe, until 1918.  Here is a link for you to read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukovina.

Upon arriving in Canada at Quebec City, he met the woman he fell in love with, that he eventually married.  She was from Northern Ireland.  Yes, she later became my paternal granny.

She became employed in Montreal.  So, he followed her, there.

Being trained as a chef in Bukovina, he was employed for a while.  He was an intelligent fellow, who spoke six (6) languages.

His ability to speak many languages led to him being reported to the Canadian government, as a possible enemy alien

This happened after the War Measures Act was brought into force.  Here is a link so you can read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Measures_Act.

Eventually, my granny was able to marry my grandpa.  His time in the internment/concentration camp, ended.

Due to WW1 taking place, countries in Eastern Europe had their borders changed. 

Bukovina was divided up.  Where my grandpa was from, was only a few miles north of the southern border of Ukraine.  So today, he would be considered Ukrainian.  Part of his family lived a few miles apart, and with the border change became known as Romanian, for where they lived became part of Romania.

To be honest, most people I know had never known about internment camps being here in Canada.  So, it was surprising to me to see that the 100th anniversary of when they began, was acknowledged.

Here is a link for you to read about Ukrainian Canadian intermenthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadian_internment.

It was nice to see that people like my grandpa were being remembered.  Here are a couple of links for you to read about how they were being remembered:

*  Here is an article in The Windsor Star entitled, 100 plaques displayed across Canada to remember First World War internment campshttp://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/100-plaques-displayed-across-canada-to-remember-first-world-war-internment-camps.

*  This is a YouTube video entitled, 100th Anniversary of Canada's First National Internment Operations 1914-1920https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPxQMbdtrg8.

To be honest, it breaks my heart thinking about the suffering my grandpa endured.  All because fellow Canadians were afraid of him, not because of anything he did wrong; for he hadn't done anything wrong.  But, because of his ability to speak several languages.  And, where he had come to Canada from. 

Thinking of suffering brought to mine 2 Timothy 2:12, "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:"

Just as we read, if we suffer... we shall also reign with Him.  But, if we deny Him, He also will deny us.

Phew!  Wow!

How clear is that?!

This clearly tells us that if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him, but only if we have not denied Him.

Who is this referring to?

If we have not denied Him, then we are part of His family.  Born-again Christians.

If we have denied Him, then we are NOT part of His family.

As I've said many times in the past, only His family members trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, shall be saved.

Hopefully, you are part of His family.  If so, I will be happy to see you, when we reign with Him, together.


Until next time...

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