of the Left Behind
Project Roots and the Canadian War Children of World War Two
By Olga Rains, Lloyd Rains and Melynda Jarratt
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of the Left Behind contains the personal stories of nearly 50
Canadian war children who have been helped by Project Roots since
1980. It is filled with fascinating archival images and documents
as well as original war time correspondence between the mothers and
their Canadian boyfriends or husbands, the Department of National
Defence, Veterans Affairs, Immigration Branch, Canadian Red Cross
and the Canadian Wives Bureau. Letters from the war children to the
Military Personnel Records Unit of the National Archives of Canada
requesting information on their Canadian fathers' whereabouts illustrate
the historic pattern of denial of access to information that has gone
on for nearly 60 years since the end of World War Two. What these
institutions all have in common is their consistent refusal to help
the war children find their Canadian fathers. Introductory essays
frame the subject and give a historical context to the tragic situations
these women and their children often found themselves in at the end
of World War Two.
Contains more than one hundred original b&w archival photographs,
documents and correspondence from private collections and the National
Archives of Canada.
Colour soft cover
Published by Project Roots, Copyright 2004
was founded in 1980 by Olga and Lloyd Rains of Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Olga, a Dutch War Bride, and Lloyd, a Canadian veteran who liberated
Holland with the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry
(PPCLI) in 1945, have made it their life's work to help Dutch, British
and European war children find their roots in Canada. Since 1995,
the Rains have worked with Melynda Jarratt of Fredericton, New Brunswick,
Canada, who runs their website http://www.project-roots.com.
The three work by internet across the Atlantic and together they produced
Voices of the Left Behind, a book that was nearly three years in the
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