Voices of the Left Behind by Olga Rains
Project Roots and the Canadian War Children of World War II

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Voices of the Left Behind contains the personal stories of nearly 50 Canadian war children who have been helped by Project Roots. It is filled with fascinating archival images and documents as well as original wartime correspondence between the mothers, the Canadian fathers, and the Department of National Defence, Veterans Affairs, and other Canadian institutions. Letters from the war children to the Military Personnel Records Unit of the National Archives of Canada illustrate the historic pattern of denial. What these institutions all have in common is their consistent refusal to help 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 found themselves in.


About Olga Rains

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Melynda Jarratt lives in Fredericton. She has been involved with Project Roots since 1995. She has also been a writer, researcher, filmmaker, and web developer on Canada's History Television and the Queen Mary II. Lloyd Rains is a Canadian veteran of the Second World War. After the liberation of Holland, he met Olga Irestorff, and she came to Canada as a war bride. In 1980 they founded Project Roots. Olga has written three books, We Became Canadians, Children of the Liberation, and The Summer of 46. They live in the Netherlands, where they work with war children.
Published February 25, 2006 by Dundurn. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction