Photo.Jerry AmernicJerry Amernic is an author of fiction and non-fiction books. In doing his research for The Last Witness, he interviewed such people as noted Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert, and met with real-life survivors who were children when they were liberated in 1945. Read More

 


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When Jean Chretien was Prime Minister of Canada he once said something about the country’s founding in 1864, but Canada became a country in 1867. Every Canadian knows that. Right? Well, apparently not. By the same token U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t exactly up on American history. His interview the other day with The Washington… Read More

Lest we forget

I once met Pierre Berton at an authors’ event at his home in Kleinburg, Ontario and he was hosting. The venerable historian wrote many books. One of them captured the glory and horror of Vimy, and that’s what the book is called. Vimy. Of course, I caught all the media coverage about that momentous World… Read More

Where fake news began

George Orwell and his epic novel 1984 are making a comeback. His character Winston Smith existed in a world where freedom and privacy have disappeared. Some think this is happening today. His colleague H. G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds and because of that we can thank Wells for introducing us to ‘fake news,’… Read More

Writers, weird writers and nudity

Writers are a weird group, each one with his or her own particular quirks. Make no mistake, writing is torture, especially fiction, but it’s pleasant torture in which you proceed bit by bit to the end even if the process takes years. Michelangelo was asked how he, at the tender of 24, was able to… Read More

Ignorance, bliss and power

One year ago I lambasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for issuing a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that had no mention of Jews in it. I found his words hollow, without substance, and displaying a shameful naivety and ignorance about history. He deserved the criticism. Last Friday he issued this year’s statement. “Today… Read More