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Diefenbunker - Nuclear Shelter, Ontario (4/65)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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The year is 1959 and with the uneasiness of the Cold War looming, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker orders a 25 million dollar underground bunker to be built. Its purpose is to protect the cabinet from a nuclear attack by the Russians. The “Diefenbunker”, as it became known, was built on the site of a small military base twenty minutes outside of Ottawa. The Cold War caused a quiet panic in Canada in the 1950s. The bunker was a product of that fear. It has been emptied and sealed now, but the “Diefenbunker” is a time capsule that reflects the deepest fears of an era and a nation held captive by a war that never was.