(September 8, 1920 – September 29, 2001) was a British-born Canadian journalist
, known for his editorials in a small community paper in British Columbia, Canada. He was also a figure of Canada's far-right
and a Holocaust denier
At the start of World War II
he joined the British Army
. He was captured in the Battle of Dunkirk
in 1940, later being awarded the Military Medal
for bravery during this campaign.
During his four years as a prisoner of war
, he made no fewer than ten escape attempts. He was able to escape from a German POW camp in Silesia and stealthily made his way to Hungary. After being captured there, he made another daring escape, this time making his way to Romania. There he was imprisoned once again, but when Romania capitulated in 1944, he was freed and returned to Britain, serving in combat with British forces in northwest Europe during the war's final months.
The exact nature of his exploits while a POW have not been without controversy, however, with some questioning the veracity of his numerous escapes from Nazi-controlled prisons.
From 1946-1950, Collins worked as a political intelligence officer with the British Control Commission's de-nazification department in Germany.
Collins immigrated to Canada
in 1952 and worked for several decades as a reporter or columnist for several... Read More