Second World War

World War II veteran Alvin J. Auton, 96, poses in Parade Square following the Remembrance Day ceremony in Halifax on Monday, November 11, 2019.

‘I didn’t know what it was to be afraid’: WWII veterans share their most vivid memories

Last year, veterans at Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country told Maclean’s about their experiences at war
Picture released on April 12, 1945 of Dutch civilians waving to the Canadian soldiers driving through a village of Netherlands, during the Second World War. (AFP/Getty Images)

When Canada liberated a nation from tyranny

J.L. Granatstein: ’The Dutch remember. They teach their children about the war in their schools. On Christmas Eve every year the children of Holten go to the Canadian cemetery to light a candle on each grave to make the point that freedom had—and still has—a price.’
Prime Minister King shown here with President Roosevelt in September 1944. The two leaders took part in a press conference confirming that Canada will be a partner in the coming undertakings against Japan (Toronto Star Archives/Getty Images)

What Mackenzie King’s diaries reveal about the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt died

Neville Thompson: Churchill and Roosevelt not only respected King as a ’highly-skilled and dependable head of a vital country but enjoyed his company and confided frankly in him. They had no idea that he was recording it all in his diary.’
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How Mackenzie King convinced Canada to go to war in 1939

Canada made an independent decision to fight the Nazis, one taken with scarcely a voice raised against it in Parliament
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As Nazi symbols echo, remember who we fought on D-Day

War historian David J. Bercuson reflects on the personal sacrifices made by millions of Canadians in the fight against the Nazis and their ideology
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Why Canada’s casualties were so high in Normandy

The Normandy campaign, from D-Day until late August 1944, saw almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers perish. But that offensive, launched 75 years ago, jumpstarted the liberation of Western Europe.
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These mysterious wartime letters nearly ended up in the trash—until fate intervened

A big stack of wartime letters was headed for the dumpster at a Salvation Army north of Toronto. But now the touching correspondence has reached its rightful homes.
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Law, not war: A Nuremberg trial prosecutor on why we need the ICC

Opinion: Ben Ferencz was 27 when he prosecuted Nazi death-squad leaders. He’s nearly 100 now—and knows we mustn’t lose faith in the rule of law
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The little-known WWII works of one of Canada’s most famous artists

They hang in schools across the country, and often unnoticed: The ’For King and Country’ scrolls by the Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson
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The winner of Canada Reads says Japanese internment haunts us still

Mark Sakamoto says his grandparents’ forgiveness of the wrongs done to them in the Second World War helped him overcome the struggles in his own life