CHA logoMichael Petrou has published an article in the most recent edition of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association that is based on research he presented to the History department last year.


During the World War II, the British Secret Intelligence Service recruited more than 30 Yugoslav Canadians to infiltrate the Balkans and liaise with resistance groups there as members of the  Special Operations Executive.  These men were immigrants and political radicals.  Most were members of the Communist Party of Canada. Five had fought in the Spanish Civil War.  They lived marginalized lived in Canada, subject to police harassment and at risk of deportation.  Yet their recruitment into an organization run by the British ruling class took place with the enthusiastic cooperation of the Communist Party of Canada.  The party, and the recruits themselves, recognized that they shared with the British and Canadian governments a desire to fight fascism in Yugoslavia, and that, despite their divergent political ideologies, this common goal justified close and focused collaboration.