Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tom Kozar

This gentleman died recently. His obituary was of interest for the quote below but also because he was the son of Jean Ewen, a Canadian nurse who accompanied Norman Bethune for 10 months in 1938-1939 through the tumultuous times of war torn China (2nd Sino Japanese War). Ewen, despite reservations as to Bethune's character, died in Canada but has been buried alongside him in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. Kozar was a labour movement advocate in British Columbia and in an overlap with Bethune himself, was instrumental in gaining recognition for foreign nationals who fought fascism in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
Kozar's advocacies, as he said himself, "were like the hailstones of truth falling on the tin roof of life."