Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Isaac Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Fair address: South Shore Regional School Board

Project: A Living History

My project aims to document my great grandfather’s experience with the Allied invasion force that came to be known as the D-Day Dodgers in World War II. I used real artifacts, stock video footage and first hand accounts from my great grandfather to understand Canada’s role in the invasion of Southern Europe.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

While I was doing my project, I was surprised by how few adults and children knew about the D-Day Dodgers. This forgotten army was actually fighting in Europe for 18 months before D-Day even happened, and probably had a lot to do with the success of D-Day by diverting German Forces to the South. (You may find that it’s interesting to note that the 8th Army - D Day dodgers were considered at the time to have avoided the fighting at D Day when they had been fighting a longer, tougher campaign with more casualties than the soldiers on D-Day did)

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

My project aims to help inform the Canadian public of the historic role of the allies in the World War II invasion of Southern Europe. Using my great grandfather’s first hand account, I hope to help Canadians understand the sacrifices his generation made for the freedom of our country, and the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I am aware that racial discrimination still exists all around us today and can be very subtle. I find it hard to imagine living in World War II Germany, where Jewish people were being systematically oppressed and murdered, and this was actually supported. I try imagine what it would be like if my school principal said that all students with a last name starting with “N” would have to do ten times as much homework as the other students, would have to stay late after class for extra assignments, eliminating their recess and lunch hour and giving them no credit for any of it. World War II Europe was actually far worse than that because families were torn apart, generations were nearly eliminated. Over 6 000 000 Jewish Europeans were murdered. I am so grateful that I learned from my great grandfather how Canada helped to free Europe from the Nazis.

  • Leo mouland

    Will done
    30/06/2019 9:15:07 PM

  • Lynn James

    Well done little man!
    29/06/2019 6:16:35 AM

  • Maxine

    Well done Isaac ! Very well presented! You should be proud!
    29/06/2019 5:30:35 AM

  • Debbie Cohoe

    Great job Isaac!
    25/06/2019 9:39:17 AM

  • Logan W

    Great job, Isaac. I really liked your video.
    15/06/2019 7:11:01 AM

  • Al Sullivan

    As a Legion member,and a person whose Uncle fought at Bing Ridge and was killed in 1917 at Passendaele,I'm really proud of Issac
    14/06/2019 8:35:43 AM

  • Mardi S.

    Wonderful presentation! Great job Isaac!!
    14/06/2019 5:55:19 AM

  • Kate

    Wow! Fantastic work, Isaac! Very well researched, logically organized, and articulately presented! Thank you for your contribution to preserving and documenting this important piece of our history.
    13/06/2019 9:22:33 PM

  • Wm Rodenhizer

    Great job Isaac.The fighting in Southern Europe was very important in the War to free all of Europe.
    13/06/2019 7:54:43 PM

  • Marie Bowers

    Great job Isaac!
    13/06/2019 7:43:40 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.