Soldier of Peace Documentary

The 30 - minute documentary program, Soldier of Peace, tells the life story of a remarkable Canadian.

Dressed in her trademark military uniform, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, was a tireless advocate for the world's poor because "hunger never stops; and disease never sleeps." Fluent in several languages, she was an eloquent and emotional speaker who urged Canadians to respond to the needs of others elsewhere. She spent the money she raised on projects overseas that brought food, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies to grateful villagers. It became her life's work.

Soldier of Peace was the first documentary Peter Lockyer wrote and produced. Hosted by well-known Canadian journalist Peter Trueman, the program aired in 1988 on CBC Television. In November 2009, the USC, the agency Dr. Hitschmanova founded soon after the Second World War, featured the program as part of a celebration of Dr. Hitschmanova's life.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Europe was in ruins. Amidst the carnage, thousands of refugees sought safety, shelter, food and medical attention. In Canada, a small army of volunteers directed by a refugee from Czechoslovakia began to ship used clothing and other items overseas. Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova personally knew the hardships refugees faced. A journalist critical of Hitler, she had been forced to flee the country when German troops invaded. She would never see her parents again. They died in concentration camps. But she and her sister made their way to Canada where Lotta founded the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada (USC), a volunteer agency assisting with the post-war relief efforts. The work would last a lifetime.

Soldier of Peace was originally developed as a documentary co-production with CBC Television in 1988 to tell the life story of the late Dr. Hitschmanova. In November 2009 on the occasion of what would have been her 100th birthday, the organization she founded honoured her memory with a special evening featuring a presentation of this documentary.

Soldier of Peace Documentary

Soldier of Peace is a 30- minute documentary on the life of celebrated Canadian Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, the founder of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada. Originally a refugee from Czechoslovakia, Dr. Hitschmanova devoted her life to assisting the poor through development projects all over the world. Today the agency she founded continues her work.