World War II


The search for Anne Frank’s betrayer

Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan’s new book describes the six-year investigation into how the Nazis learned about the Amsterdam annex where the Frank family hid during WWII
A photograph of William Kyle's Dakota C-47 aircraft that crashed on 21 June 1945. (Photograph by Shelby Lisk)

How an RCAF airman’s watch solved a 50-year mystery

The discovery of F.O. William Joseph Kyle’s watch led Veterans Affairs Canada—and his family—to where his plane went down during the Second World War
Carl Moll’s “At the Lunch Table”, 1901, oil on canvas, 107 x 136 cm. Purchased 2018 (NGC)

The long, dark past behind the National Gallery’s latest acquisition

John Geddes: The painting shows ’a peaceful, rich life’. In reality, the Nazis murdered the painting’s Jewish owner and the artist was on the Nazi side.
Chief of National Defence General Walter Natynczyk gives the thumbs up to veterans who arrive by military trucks in Ottawa on June 6, 2009 to take part in the 65th anniversary of D-Day (CP/Fred Chartrand)

When Canada finally started to remember World War II

A new book by historian Tim Cook looks at how World War II fits in Canada’s historical imagination, and why it was vulnerable to neglect for so long
German-Jewish Refugees Waving from Ship Deck

Canada was warned of the coming Holocaust. We turned away 900 Jewish refugees, anyway.

Canada knew. Britain knew. The U.S. knew. They knew because a Jewish trade unionist warned them what was coming. Today marks the 75th anniversary of his suicide.

The untold story of the Ritchie Boys

How German-Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis gathered military intelligence in Europe for the U.S.
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys.  No Credit

A return to Second World War England: Book review

Humphreys’ new novel tells a story that moves from a POW camp in Germany to the London area
Canadian Infantry during World War 1

Five lessons we learned about Canada in wartime

A historian looks back and finds some major takeaways and hard truths about Canadians at war

Polish artist Jerzy Bohdan Szumczyk’s monument to hate

Sculpture depicting Soviet soldier raping a pregnant woman sparks outrage