Cahén, Oscar

Birth Name Cahén, Oscar
Gender male
Age at Death 40 years, 9 months, 18 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth February 8, 1916 København Copenhagen, region Hovedstaden, Danmark Oscar Cahén was born to German parents

Emigration     Oscar Cahén and his family fled mainland Europe, due to his family’s anti-Nazi activism

Transport 1940   The British arrested and transported all German Enemy Aliens

Place Note

In 1940, Britain interned about 1,000 children from the Kindertransport, as Enemy Aliens, on the Isle of Man.
400 of the enemy alien children were transported to internment camps in Canada and Australia.

Event Note

On May 12, 1940, Eric Koch was arrested as an Enemy Alien by the British in Cambridge, assembled in front of King's College Chapel, and sent by bus to Bury St. Edmunds.
From Bury St. Edmunds, he was transported to a larger camp at Huyton, near Liverpool, and from there, he was sent to the Isle of Man,

Event Note

Eric Koch cites "Emil Fackenheim, who had been in a German concentration camp from 1938 to 1030, wasimpressed by the good manners displayed by the policemen who had come to arrest him in Aberdeen, where he was studying."

Event Note

Walter Nussbaum cites: "The first time I was addressed as Mister was in May 1940, when the British Secret Service called at the hostel for Jewish refugee children in London and asked to see me."
"The minister of our small community of youngsters, all cared for by the Jewish Refugee Committee at Bloomsbury House, told the agents that 'Mister Nussbaum was saying his morningprayers just now."

Event Note

Kaspar Naegele was interned in a boarding house in Douglas, on the Isle of Man.

Event Note

Dr. Reichenfeld escpaed the Nazis in Wien, and considered himseld fortunate to find a job as a caretaker in Edinburgh.
He was interned by the British as an Enemy Alien, and interned on the Isle of Man.

Event Note

Hans Reichnfeld was interned,with his father, as an Enemy Alien, on the Isle of Man.

Event Note

Oscar Cahén was interned by the British as an Enemy Alien.

Camp 1940 Camp N, at the Quebec Central Railroad property at Newington, outisde Sherbrooke Camp N, at the Quebec Central Railroad property at Newington, Sherbrooke

Event Note

During World War II, approximately 38,000 Germans were detained in 25 permanent internment camps and dozens of smaller work camps throughout Canada, under the Department of National Defence (DND)'s Directorate of Internment Operations.
Of these, 34,000 internees were POWs from all branches of the German armed forces.
The Canadian Goverment authorized construction of 5 internment camps in southern Quebec:
* Camp A, on the Dominion Experimental Farm, at Farnham
* Grande Ligne
* Camp I, at Fort Lennox, on Île-aux-Noix
* Camp N, at the Quebec Central Railroad property at Newington, outisde Sherbrooke
* Sorel
Martin F. Auger cites:
* Camp S, at the fort on Île Ste. Hélène, in Montreal, "whose purpose was to incarcerate Italian inmates."
Martin F. Auger cites: Temporary internment centers were constructed in Quebec:
* Camp L, at Cove Fields, on the Plains of Abraham
* Camp T, at the exhibition grounds at Trois Rivières
* Camp V, at Valcartier

Occupation     Oscar Cahén was a founding member of Painters Eleven and a pioneers of Canadian abstraction.

Event Note

In 1943. in Montreal, Oscar Cahén established himself as a freelance illustrator, commissioned by The Montreal Standard and the National Film Board, and then as Art Director of Magazine Digest.

Event Note

Oscar Cahén studied art in Paris, Stockholm and Prague, and earned a Master of Fine Art degree, from Kunstakadamie, Dresden, and thereafter taught as Professor of design, illustration and painting at the Rotter School of Art in Prague in 1938.

Death November 26, 1956   Oscar Cahén died in an automobile accident in Oakville


Source References

  1. Deemed suspect: a wartime blunder
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  2. Prisoners of the home front: German POWs and “enemy aliens” in southern Quebec, 1940-46


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