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Monday, July 16, 2012

Norman Bethune - A National Film Board of Canada documentary

This documentary about Norman Bethune was directed in 1964 for the NFB by Donald Brittain.

Many colleagues and people who knew him were interviewed.

A very interesting subject as Bethune's support for Mao Tze Dong has become a controversial matter regarding the Canadian government's involvement with a Bethune Memorial.

It is worth noting that Bethune went to help Mao well before the Chinese Communist leader became the mass murdering dictator that history remembers. Bethune was an ardent fighter against fascism and a physician whose support for socialized medicine came about at a time when the poor were denied essential medical treatment because they were unable to pay for it.

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