CBC Digital Archives

Children of Canadian WWII soldiers seek their fathers

Surrounded by falling bombs, strict rationing and nightly blackouts, a generation of young women found love. They were the war brides: British and European women who married Canadian servicemen in the Second World War. After tearful goodbyes to their families, they embarked on a grueling journey by ship and train to join their husbands and in-laws in a new country. Once they arrived, many war brides had to confront culture shock and desperate homesickness before embracing their new lives in Canada.

Canadian soldiers in Holland left behind thousands of now-adult children hoping to meet their Canadian families.
Medium: Television
Program: CBLT News
Broadcast Date: Dec. 19, 1987
Guest(s): Johnny Bruggencamp, Olga Rains
Reporter: Brenda Craig
Duration: 1:56

Last updated: December 13, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

All Clips from this Topic

Related Content

Gay and Lesbian Emergence: Out in Canada

It was a time of protests, legal fights and backlash. With a growing sense of solidarity, gays...

1945: Hope for starving Dutch as end of war d...

Nazis and Allies agree to terms that will feed the people of Holland after years of occupation...