Thursday, February 07, 2008

West Vancouver Museum Spirit Week Special Event

The West Vancouver Museum is pleased to announce additional programs on international conflict and consequence of war in conjunction with its compelling exhibition Behind the Wire: The Wartime Diary and Art of Robert Buckham. To mark the final day of this exhibition and the start of Spirit Week, the Museum is screening Forced March to Freedom, a documentary film illustrating the experiences of Canadian air personnel imprisoned in German PoW camps during the Second World War. Following the screening, Peter Stursberg, a well-known Canadian writer and broadcaster who reported for CBC Radio from the front lines in Italy and France during WWII, and Joel Melanson, Logistician with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, provide insight into the global conflict, both past and present.

Admission to these programs is by donation, with all proceeds being given to humanitarian aid organizations.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Documentary Film Screening of Forced March to Freedom

Paperny Films, 2001
Forced March to Freedom documents the little known but harrowing experiences of 10,000 PoWs forced to march through Germany in the dead of winter by the Luftwaffe fleeing the Russian advance in the final desperate months of WWII. This incredible and moving film is based on the diaries and artwork of RCAF Flight-Lieutenant Robert Buckham who was shot down over Germany and imprisoned in the infamous prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III. This is your last chance to see this important film in conjunction with the exhibition of original drawings on loan from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Peter Stursberg: Memoirs of a War Correspondent
We are extremely pleased to have writer-broadcaster and author Peter Stursberg share his wartime experiences as a correspondent for CBC Radio during WWII. He was later a broadcaster with United Nations and a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and has written several biographies and history books on Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson and his own experiences.

Medecins Sans Frontieres: An Engineer’s Role in Disaster and Conflict Zones

Please join special guest Joel Melanson, Logistician with Doctors Without Boarders who will speak about an engineers role in offering aid and hope to people whose lives have been impacted by war and disaster.


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