About this Event
Three days after the Japanese surrendered and formally ended the Second World War, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk working in military intelligence, walked out of the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa. Gouzenko exposed a Soviet spy network that had penetrated the Canadian government and the Manhattan Project.
The repercussions were significant, and just as the world thought that peace was at hand, a new “Cold War” came to dominate international relations. This presentation will discuss this first significant international incident of the Cold War, the drama of Gouzenko’s attempt to warn the West, the reaction of the Canadian government and our closest allies, the Royal Commission of Inquiry, the spy trials, and the efforts to commemorate Gouzenko with two historic plaques in Ottawa.
Andrew Kavchak is a retired civll servant who holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an M.A. in political science from Carleton University. He is an amateur historian who spent over four years lobbying for the recognition of the Gouzenko Affair as an event of national historic significance which led to the unveiling of federal and municipal plaques in Ottawa in 2003 and 2004. He is the author of “Remembering Gouzenko – The Struggle to Honour a Cold War Hero” (Link to purchase online). Copies of the book will be available for sale after the event.
Andrew is pictured standing with the two eldest daughters of Igor and Svetlana Gouzenko at the unveiling of the federal plaque in 2004 (beside the municipal plaque which was unveiled a year earlier). The plaques are located across the street from the apartment building where the Gouzenkos lived at the time of their 1945 defection.
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Room: Games Room, (Room 2N, See link for map)
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Parking: Free (passes will be provided at the end of the event)