The Fighting Forties

 

After facing the hardships of the depression, the CNH experienced the Second World War, another era fraught with challenges. Political affiliations were channelled in many directions both within the Croatian National Home and the Croatian community in Hamilton. The CNH became a victim of internal political struggles which persisted for several years and created dissension amongst the membership. Due to this underlying negative current, several presidents resigned on a few occasions and community spirit within the Dom began to diminish.

 

Eventually, tensions eased and the CNH contributed to several wartime campaigns such as the donation of funds to the Red Cross and the Lord Mayor's Fund. The organization also purchased victory war bonds. Internally, the tamburitzans, organized under various names, including "Proljetni Cvijet" and "Danica", organized their own campaign to raise money towards lessening the mortgage debt.

 

For the remainder of the 1940s, participation and interest in activities grew favourably and attendance at meetings increased. As part of the City of Hamilton's Centennial celebrations in 1946, the CNH took part in parades and performances. That same year, Vladko Ma?ek, exiled leader of the Croatian Peasant Party, was given a warm reception. In 1949, Joe Lon?arich was selected as director of our tambura group which was known for a time as "Zlatne Žice" and "Plavi Dunav" until being renamed, in honour of our organization, "Croatian National Home".

 

 

 

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