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Sir Ernest MacMillan recalls being a POW

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

The Canadian conductor and composer was in Germany to attend a Wagner festival when war broke out, and spent the next four years in German internment camps.
Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: June 17, 1957
Guest: Sir Ernest MacMillan
Interviewer: Tony Thomas
Duration: 6:43

Last updated: September 30, 2013

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