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A Canadian War Story

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Catalogue Number:  UCRDC1
Producer:  Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre
Producing Agencies:  Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, History, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  60:03

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Combining archival photographs and film footage with first hand accounts of people and events, A CANADIAN WAR STORY, pays tribute to the Ukrainian Canadian military personnel who contributed to the Allied victory in World War II.  Ukrainians enlisted in great numbers to fight for Canada.  The Ukrainian enlistment percentage was the highest of any ethnic group outside of the British.

According to Royal Canadian Airforce pilot, Joe Romanow, the Ukrainians’ sacrifice in the War garnered them respect and prestige and “finally gave them the prerogative of being recognized as real Canadians”. Joe continued his military service after the war and became the first person of Ukrainian descent to achieve the rank of Brigadier-General.

Spanning continents and generations, the film recounts the remarkable Ukrainian Canadian coming of age journey from Eastern Europe to Canada to the battlefields of Europe and Asia. 

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