One of our featured exhibitions at the VMM is Celebration 75 Years of Freedom a display that explores the Dutch Liberation by Canadian forces in WWII and the ongoing relationships that emerged from this event. Our latest virtual presentation is a book talk on the same topic.

The tense final days of World War II are remembered in the Netherlands as “the sweetest of springs.” This is because in the final two months of the war, the First Canadian Army liberated the majority of the nation at a time when much of its population had just gone through the Hunger Winter and were on the brink of mass starvation. While a humanitarian catastrophe was averted, the nation’s freedom was won at a terrible cost. There were 6,298 casualties, including 1,482 dead.

 On to Victory: The Liberation of the Netherlands by acclaimed popular historian Mark Zuehlke  tells the story of those last days when a joyous nation celebrated its liberation, soldiers prayed they would not be the last to die on a battlefield and an unshakeable bond between two nations was born.

 Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.

 In recognition of his contribution to popularizing Canadian history, Mark was awarded the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. In 2007, his book For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace won the Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. The Canadian Battle Series title, Holding Juno captured the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2006.

 We are delighted to be hosting Mark Zuelke for a virtual book talk on Monday November 9 at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and free for members.