Canadians played a leading role in restoring freedom to the Dutch. It was arguably Canada’s finest hour. On May 5th 2020 (Liberation Day in the Netherlands) the Juno Beach Centre Association, Defining Moments Canada, and the Canadian Research and Mapping Association, supported by the Canadian War Museum, partnered on a webinar to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. This podcast is an edited version of that complete webinar, featuring the historian roundtable. Tune in to join us on a journey from Normandy to the Netherlands.
The complete webinar is available in the video below and more information can be found on the Defining Moments Canada website.
All proceeds support the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum in Normandy, France and allow us to continue to offer this content to listeners across Canada!
7:50 Spring 1944
10:56 D-Day and Normandy
17:43 Approaching Nazi Germany
21:15Liberating the Dutch
25:40 Forgetting and Remembering the War
Dr. Mike Bechthold is Consulting Historian for Defining Moments Canada. Mike is a historian, author, and battlefield tour leader who specializes in Canada and the First and Second World Wars.
Marie Eve Vaillancourt is the Exhibitions and Development Manager at the Juno Beach Centre Association. Marie Eve has been with the Juno Beach Centre for almost 9 years. She completed a Master of Education on the topic of memory transmission at the University of Caen and holds a BA in History from Carleton University.
Dr. Tim Cook is the Acting-Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum. He is the author and editor of 13 books, including his 3-volume history of Canada and the Second World War: The Necessary War, Fight to the Finish, and his new book, The Fight for History.
The following links offer more information on the topics discussed in this episode:
Juno Beach & Beyond is hosted and edited by Alex Fitzgerald-Black, the Juno Beach Centre Association’s Operations and Outreach Manager.
Mackenzie King’s speech to British Parliament from the British Pathé YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SlEvclY5LE&t=48s
Artillery firing sounds from the CBC News: The National YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsCSQ4uWR1Y
Female veteran’s voice (Eileen Green, née Short) Courtesy of The Memory Project, Historica Canada: http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/383:eileen-green-nee-short/
Winston Churchill’s “Finest Hour” speech from Jonathan Thomas’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB5wZtV1MWM
Spitfire sound effect from Jason Kirby’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgZI4tAoMN0
Dramatic Interlude by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com
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