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Film (48:06)
Letters from Karelia
2005, director: Kelly Saxberg
Taimi Pitkanen last saw her brother Aate (AH-tay) in a...
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Film (52:04)
The Enemy Within
2003, director: Eva Colmers
During World War II, a war-ravaged Britain realized it could...
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Film (52:00)
Open Secrets
2003, director: José Torrealba
This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in...
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Through My Thick Glasses
2003, director: Pjotr Sapegin
An old man tells his granddaughter his personal story of the...
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The Pacifist Who Went to War
2002, director: David Neufeld
In 1939, as Canada joined World War II, a social crisis...
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Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
2002, director: Jari Osborne
In pre-World War II Vancouver the Asahi baseball team was...
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Aftermath: The Remnants of War
2001, director: Daniel Sekulich
War has a dirty secret: it never really ends....
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class...
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The Enemy Within
 

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Film  (52:04) 2003, director: Eva Colmers
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During World War II, a war-ravaged Britain realized it could not billet all its captured German soldiers. Canada stepped forward to house and feed more than 34,000 prisoners of war in 25 remote camps across the country. Today little is left of these war camps, but those who were there--inmates and guards alike--will never forget.

Among the captured German soldiers was Theo Melzer--father of filmmaker Eva Colmers--who spent three and a half years in a POW camp in Lethbridge, Alberta. Colmers, while growing up in Regensberg, Germany, had often been puzzled by her father's fond memories of his POW life. When she made Canada her new home, she set out to rediscover this little-known chapter in Canadian-German history.

Eloquently weaving poignant excerpts from her father's letters with wartime archival images and dramatic re-enactments, Colmers' film shares the powerful stories of these now elderly men, once the "enemy within." Watch as they recall with gratitude, how their lives were changed forever bacause of the unexpected respect and dignity they received at the hands of their Canadian captors.

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