Lost memories reveal the extraordinary life of David Nixon

Vancouver Sun. June 18, 2016

David Nixon’s extraordinary life has taken him from the Cold War tension of Southeast Asia to the armed conflicts of post-colonial Africa. But his memories of that life have been stolen from him twice: once by CIA-funded brainwashing experiments, and now by the frustrating grip of dementia.

At 81 years old, the former B.C. civil servant lives in the secure Alzheimer’s ward of a Victoria care home, unable to remember anything about his years working in Cambodia, the former Belgian Congo or Germany for External Affairs Canada in the 1950s and ’60s. He doesn’t even recognize the man he’s loved for nearly four decades…

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