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Diefenbunker - Nuclear Shelter, Ontario (4/65)

This title is a part of the series HistoryLands Season 1 (13)


Catalogue Number:  GEHL04
Producer:  Good Earth Productions
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Canadian History, History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6-8, 9-12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Running Time:  30 mins


DVD Price:  $95.00
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The year is 1959 and with the uneasiness of the Cold War looming, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker orders a 25 million dollar underground bunker to be built. Its purpose is to protect the cabinet from a nuclear attack by the Russians. The “Diefenbunker”, as it became known, was built on the site of a small military base twenty minutes outside of Ottawa. The Cold War caused a quiet panic in Canada in the 1950s. The bunker was a product of that fear. It has been emptied and sealed now, but the “Diefenbunker” is a time capsule that reflects the deepest fears of an era and a nation held captive by a war that never was.


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