Kleines Kanada

Canadian Geographic - - ENGAGING WITH US -

In “Kleines Kanada” (July/au­gust), you are cor­rect in point­ing out the liv­ing legacy of Canada’s Armed Forces bases at Lahr and Baden, Ger­many. How­ever, life there also made a last­ing im­pres­sion on the tens of thou­sands of Cana­di­ans who lived and worked there. I am a Lahr brat, hav­ing lived there with my fam­ily from 1975-78. We were im­mensely proud to be rep­re­sent­ing Canada’s val­ues in Ger­many, but we also had a unique view of Europe dur­ing the Cold War. We learned that our Ger­man neigh­bours and hosts were not the Ger­mans typ­i­cally por­trayed in the many war movies of that time — they were just like us. My time there pro­vided unique per­spec­tives on the world not pos­si­ble from Canada. Terry Mcdon­ald Guelph, Ont.

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