A Grateful Nation | The Automatic Spy | Attack on Bell Island

Note that there are several wartime items in this issue of Canada’s History.


Seventy-five years since the Battle of the Atlantic and VE Day
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Dutch citizens celebrate liberation with a Canadian soldier.

A Grateful Nation

Seventy-five years after the Second World War, the Dutch are determined to keep alive the legacy of their Canadian liberators. Read more

Fiction Feature:
Attack on Bell Island

The war strikes home. On Bell Island in the fall of 1942, the night explodes as German submarines attack. Read more

People hold up rubble caused by a torpedo being fired.

Attack on Bell Island Podcast

Listen to Bell Island, Newfoundland’s fascinating wartime history as a target of German U-boats in this podcast with Teresita McCarthy, the Bell Island Mine Museum manager. Listen now

Two-page spread of illustration of submarine identifying various parts.

Canada’s Sub Killer

This naval commander was not content simply to avoid German submarines. He was determined to destroy them. Read more

German U-boat rises breaks through the ocean surface.

The Automatic Spy

An unusual German contraption served as weatherman on North American soil during the Second World War. In the 1980s, its rusty remains were found on the coast of Labrador. Read more

Curating Difficult History

A May 6 webinar will present how the the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s collections of objects and testimonies are carefully curated to highlight the compelling stories it preserves. Museum curator Andréa Shaulis will discuss what choices were made when developing the museum’s Objects of Interest webpage and how these artifacts illustrate the museum’s preservation work. Register now

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