Freedom Had a Price

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Freedom Had a Price

  • 1994 ----- color ----- 55 min ----- vhs
  • Before the First World War, 170,000 Ukrainians came to Canada, seeking freedom and a better life. Between 1914 and 1920, about 80,000 Ukrainian immigrants were forced to register as "enemy aliens," report regularly to the police, and carry government-issued identity papers at all times. Over 5,000 of their compatriots suffered an even more severe fate, imprisoned in internment camps across the country. Treatment was often harsh and conditions grim. Some died in the camps, many were sick or injured, and several were killed by guards while trying to escape. By means of archival footage, vintage photographs, the compelling testimony of survivors and prominent Canadian historians weaves a moving human story of Canadian history that has all but disappeared from public consciousness. (Closed-Captioned) (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies)
  • Topics: (Canadian Studies, Discrimination, History: Canadian, History: Russian, East European and Central Asian, Political Science: Canadian, Sociology, War and Peace)