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Distant Relatives

Distant Relatives

Montrealers came home shattered from state-sponsored brainwashing experiments. Decades later, their families are finally finding each other.

In 1973, twenty-one-year-old Julie Tanny was watching television in the living room of her Montreal home when her father, Charles, suddenly sprang up from the sofa where he was sitting. Gritting his teeth, he charged toward her. Julie shot to her feet and sprinted upstairs, but she wasn’t surprised, nor even afraid—she was overcome by weariness. Here we go again, she thought. 

She was shocked, however, by what happened next. As she fled into her bedroom, her mother, brother, and sister rushed to the bedroom doorway and crossed their arms, barring her father from entering. “I think that they thought he was going to kill me,” Julie says. Her father stopped, turned, and walked away. No one said anything—the norm in Julie’s house, a place always pervaded by an unspoken sadness. Still, Julie remembers, relief washed over her. “It was the first time I felt a ...

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