CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 15)


Even forty years after the end of the Second World War, questions persisted about whether Canada had accepted Nazi war criminals. There was even a rumour that the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele had immigrated to this country and was living here under an alias. In 1985 the federal government established an inquiry to look into the issue. It was called the Deschênes Commission and it investigated 883 potential war criminals. The establishment of the commission put the Canadian Jewish community at odds with those of Eastern European descent who objected to the use of evidence from the Soviet Union and other Iron Curtain countries. Listen to this report from 1987 when the report was released.

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