In Your Words
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.