Fonds MSS 530 - Martin Platz fonds

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Martin Platz fonds

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6 cm of textual records, 4 photographs, 1 USB.

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(ca. 1920-2007)

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Martin Platz was born and lived in Winnipeg prior to the Second World War, graduating from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and was on the team when they won the 1939 Grey Cup. He also played for the Regina Roughriders. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two. He was held as a Prisoner of War after his plane was shot down over Cologne in July 1941 until the end of the war. He was in several German POW camps, including Stalag Luft III. Upon his return home he was employed as a radio broadcaster.

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The documents were held by Martin's sister Helen Rickey (Platz), and donated in May 2013 by her son Ken Rickey.

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The fonds consists of letters written to the family of Martin Platz while he was held as a Prisoner of War during the years 1941 until 1945. The fonds also contains information about parcels sent to Platz (from family, the Canadian Red Cross Society and the Scottish Red Cross Society), newspaper clippings, a timeline and map of Platz’s prisoner experience created by a family member and a USB stick containing some digitized images of newspaper clippings.

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Much of the paper is brittle and torn, please handle carefully.

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The fonds consists of three series: "Correspondence Home" from various German prisoner of war camps in World War Two (arranged chronologically), "Family Correspondence and Parcels", and "Newspaper Clippings and Media".

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Created by Krystal Payne on December 14, 2017.

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