First World War prisoners began to arrive at the Amherst Prisoner-of-War (POW) Internment Camp from Halifax aboard armed trains. The camp was the largest POW camp in Canada during the war — holding a maximum of 854 prisoners. Besides Amherst, there were also internment camps at Melville Island on the Northwest Arm of Halifax, and at Citadel Hill (Fort George). There were twenty-four camps across the country. The Amherst camp closed on September 27, 1919. One notable prisoner at the camp was Russian leader Leon Trotsky (1879–1940), who arrived there in early April of 1917. He was released at the end of April and would go back to Russia, where he and Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) began the 1917 October Revolution. Author and playwright Silver Donald Cameron’s play about Trotsky’s confinement as a POW in Amherst is called The Prophet at Tantramar (1988). (Photo: Russian leader Leon Trotsky. Wikipedia Creative Commons).