Barry Broadfoot

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Barry Samuel Broadfoot, CM (January 21, 1926 – November 28, 2003) was a Canadian journalist, interviewer and history writer born and attended university in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1]


Barry Broadfoot's first job at 17 years old was as a cub reporter who had to go to the homes of men killed in action in World War II and obtain photographs to run along with their death notices. At 18, he joined the Canadian Army and spent the next two years in the infantry.[2]

Broadfoot's historical research consisted of interviewing various Canadians from all over the country about their memories of their lives during specific historical periods such as the Great Depression and World War II. Ten Lost Years, his first in this series of books, published in 1973, was an oral history of the experiences of people during the Great Depression. He collected the experiences, via taped interviews, during the course of travelling across Canada four times, subsequent to leaving his position with the Vancouver Sun in 1971.[3] The collected interviews became the basis of Ten Lost Years, a play written by Jack Winter, with music by Cedric Smith. The play, directed by George Luscombe, premiered in Toronto, toured Canada in 1974 and continues to be performed.[4]

In 1997, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.

In 1998, Broadfoot suffered a stroke, which blinded him and impaired his memory. He died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on November 28, 2003.[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Ten Lost Years 1973 (Doubleday)
  • Six War Years 1975
  • The Pioneer Years 1976
  • Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame 1977
  • My Own Years 1983
  • The Veterans' Years 1985
  • The Immigrant Years 1986
  • Next-Year Country 1988
  • Ordinary Russians 1989


  1. ^ Broadfoot, Barry (1976). The Pioneer Years 1895-1914 (1978 ed.). Markham, Ontario Canada: PaperJacks. pp. Inside front cover. ISBN 0-7701-0060-0.
  2. ^ Broadfoot, Barry (1974). Six War Years 1939 - 1945 (5th Printing 1985 ed.). New York, NY: PaperJacks. pp. Inside front cover. ISBN 0-7701-0443-6.
  3. ^ Profile of Barry Broadfoot in Paperjacks edition of Ten Lost Years, 1975.
  4. ^ Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, Particulars of Ten Lost Years. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  5. ^ Uncredited, Oral historian Barry Broadfoot dies. CBC News, December 1, 2003. Retrieved 2016-08-17.

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