In Your Words

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In the Fe­bru­ary-march is­sue, you pub­lished our Com­ing to Canada story, “Land of Op­por­tu­nity.” In do­ing so, your read­ers saw once more how dif­fi­cult it was to es­cape from the Communist side of Ger­many even be­fore the in­fa­mous Ber­lin Wall had been built. Af­ter the wall was built in 1961, when we were al­ready safely in the West, it was much worse of course and es­cape meant risk­ing your life. What my hus­band Hel­mut and I no­ticed to our sur­prise was how dif­fer­ent our friends re­acted to read­ing the story. Our Ger­man-cana­dian friends barely com­mented on it, whereas our Cana­dian friends were very in­ter­ested, ask­ing many ques­tions about cir­cum­stances in those years. Hel­mut and I be­lieve the Ger­mans had more or less sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences, es­pe­cially the ones who also came from be­hind the Iron Cur­tain, so to them it was old news. But to Cana­di­ans born here, it was a look into an­other world. This is where your mag­a­zine comes in. We, your lucky read­ers, learn about each other and about our home­land of Canada be­cause Our Canada of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to show and tell one an­other our sto­ries. Ruth Hotzwik, Pic­ton, Ont.

Ruth and Hel­mut‘s wed­ding photo in 1959.

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