Richmond Hill Speaker Series - Ted Barris: The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This is the sixth in a series of the 2019 Fall Richmond Hill Speaker Series.


On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named “Harry,” and most slipped into the darkness of a pine forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner-of-war compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became known as the Great Escape.

What most casual readers, history buffs, moviegoers, and even some who participated, don’t readily acknowledge is that the Great Escape was in many ways “made-in-Canada.”

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years teaching, he has just retired as a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College.

A Q&A follows the presentation.

Tickets: $15  Click HERE to order or call the box office at 905 787-8811

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