Kleinmann Family Foundation
Eleventh Annual Cégep Holocaust Symposium

Georges P. Vanier's CBC Radio Broadcast on the Liberation of Buchenwald
(National Archives of Canada/PA-2777)

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Governor-General of Canada
Georges P. Vanier (1888 - 1967)

Canada's first French-Canadian Governor General,
Georges Vanier was born in Montreal, Quebec on April 23, 1888. He took pride in the fact the Vanier name was represented in the first Canadian census in 1681. Upon graduating from Laval University in 1911, he became a lawyer.

Mr. Vanier was a founding member of the "Vandoos" and served overseas as an officer in World War I. During a battle in 1918, his right leg was shattered by an artillery shell and had to be amputated. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery.

Refusing to let this disability stand in his way, Mr. Vanier embarked upon a public service career and in 1944 he was named Ambassador to France. When Hitler's troops stormed France during World War II, Mr. Vanier and his family narrowly escaped from the German army by making their way to safety in England on a fishing boat.

(Reference: cjvma.org website)