An "Enemy Alien" Searches for a Career





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Published on Dec 29, 2010

After a year and a half of internment in 1940 and 1941, followed by a year of graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Eric Koch, still an "enemy alien," has limited job opportunities. He can help bring in the Saskatchewan harvest. He can travel to Ottawa, where he meets John Grierson at the NFB and Davidson Dunton at the War Information Board. He can teach. And he can write. Hired by B.K. Sandwell at Saturday Night magazine in 1944, Koch writes profiles of the likes of Morley Callaghan and Andrew Allan, and brochures for Citizens Forum, a CBC public affairs program. These experiences set the stage for a career in public broadcasting.

Koch wrote a series of short stories capturing some of these experiences, a few of which have been posted on his blog at www.erickoch.ca.

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