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Thursday, March 21, 2019

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The Gouzenko Affair - The Start of the Cold War

13:30 – Presentation 14:30 – Refreshments

Price RSVP *Donation to the FCWM By Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Gouzenko Affair - The Start of the Cold War

Three days after the Japanese surrendered and formally ended WW II, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk working in military intelligence, walked out of the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa. Gouzenko exposed a Soviet spy network that had penetrated the Canadian government and the Manhattan Project. The repercussions were significant, and just as the world thought that peace was at hand, a new "Cold War" came to dominate international relations. This presentation will discuss this first significant international incident of the Cold War, the drama of Gouzenko's attempt to warn the West, the reaction of the Canadian government and our closest allies, the Royal Commission of Inquiry, the spy trials, and the efforts to commemorate Gouzenko with two historic plaques in Ottawa.

Andrew Kavchak is a retired civil servant who holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an M.A. in political science from Carleton University. He is an amateur historian who spent over four years lobbying for the recognition of the Gouzenko Affair as an event of national historic significance which led to the unveiling of federal and municipal plaques in Ottawa in 2003 and 2004. He is the author of "Remembering Gouzenko - The Struggle to Honour a Cold War Hero" (Mackenzie Institute, 2004).

If you wish to attend, please telephone the Friends Office at 819.776.8618 or email at - Parking is available at the Museum, charges apply

*Donations will be accepted at the door in cash or by cheque. Receipts will be issued

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