Sarah S.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Red River Heritage Fair

It Must Not Happen Here

On February 19th the Canadian government launched a fake Nazi infiltration of Manitoba. The “Nazi’s” were to invade and take control of the province for If Day. If Day was designed give North Americans, specifically Manitobans, a close up experience of the Nazi operation If Day was the second campaign of the Federal government to raise $600,000,000 in Victory Bonds. The campaign ran from February 16 until March 9 in the year of 1942. Scaring people was part of the effect. This “invasion” would to give Manitobans a taste of life without the civil freedoms they take for granted.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I was surprised to learn how much planning was involved in the event.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

If Day was an important event in Manitoba's history and it deserves time in the classroom.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Today this type of eveny wouldn't be necessary because we would already know what it was like in the war zones because of social media and international news coverage.