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German Canadian Congress - Ontario
On July 12, 2001, the Canadian Citizenship of Mr.
Helmut Oberlander was revoked by an act of the Canadian Cabinet. Since
1995 the Government of Canada has accused Mr. Helmut Oberlander of
having participated in committing crimes against humanity during the
Second World War. After a lengthy hearing before the Federal Judge
Andrew MacKay, that Judge concluded that there was absolutely no
evidence to suggest that he was involved, directly or indirectly,
in any war crimes. The Judge found that Mr. Oberlander at age 17,
because of his language skills, was used by the German Military-Police (Einsatzkommandos)
as an interpreter. However the Judge concluded that “On the Balance
of Probability” Mr.
Helmut Oberlander must have withheld that information when he was
interviewed by Canadian Immigration Officers in 1953. Neither the Judge
nor the Prosecutor provided any proof of that.
All papers, covering applications of immigrants during that time,
have been destroyed by the government years ago.
The German-Canadian Congress (Ont.) does have copies of the
immigration forms used during that time on file and there is no question
pertaining to military service. As
stated above, on July 12, 2001 Mr. Oberlander was stripped of his
Canadian Citizenship. This
was done by an act of the cabinet, on a recommendation by the Minister
of Citizenship and Immigration, Elinor Caplan.
As a basis for her recommendation she used Judge McKay’s
ruling. This ruling is purely based on speculation, a ruling that
cannot be appealed. The GCC has always taken the position: If someone is accused
of a war crime, let’s put him before a criminal court,
where he can defend himself, including appealing the Judges findings.
Everyone, from a traffic violator to a mass murderer has that
right! Why does the Government take that right away from an exemplary
Canadian Citizen who is accused of an immigration violation in 1954??
Revoking someone’s citizenship without proof of wrongdoing constitutes
a violation of a person's basic human rights.
We also find the timing of this action very questionable.
It seems the Minister, in order to achieve her goal, was waiting
until many members of the cabinet were on Summer-Vacation.
We are asking: “How many members were present when
this vote in cabinet took place?”
We are asking: “Is there no one in Ottawa who
speaks out when a person's human rights are violated?”
We are asking: “Where is the Opposition and the
Media? Isn’t it their job
to hold the Government and especially the Minister, Elinor Caplan,
The Canadian Jewish Congress has been very vocal in
this case, labeling Mr. Oberlander a War Criminal without providing any
proof of crimes committed. Bernie
Faber of the Canadian Jewish Congress went as far as to say to the
German News Magazine Stern. “This
man is possibly the worst Nazi War Criminal living in North America
today”. We find this, and the Governments Action of revoking Mr.
Oberlander’s citizenship very deplorable and destructive to our
Canadian Congress (Ont.)
05-Jul-02 1:24:18 PM
ONT. On June 22, 2002, the German-Canadian Congress, at its national
meeting in Regina, elected Anton Bergmeier of Kitchener, Ontario, as its
new president. He succeeds Armin Martens of Winnipeg, who served in that
position for the past six years.
The German Canadian Congress is an umbrella Organization for over 90 German-Canadian clubs, churches and businesses. Its mandate is to act as a united voice for its member organizations and the greater German-Canadian community towards the different levels of government and the media. The German Canadian Congress is also dedicated to preserve German culture and defend human rights within the laws of Canada and the “Human Rights Declaration” of the United Nations.
05-Jul-02 1:24:18 PM
Kongress wählt neuen Präsidenten
WATERLOO ONT. Am 22 Juni 2002 wählte der Deutschkanadische Kongress auf der Nationalversammlung in Regina Herrn Anton Bergmeier aus Kitchener zum neuen nationalen Präsidenten. Er folgt damit Herrn Armin Martens aus Winnipeg der in dieser Position dem Deutschkanadischen Kongress in den vergangenen sechs Jahren diente.
Der Deutsch-Kanadische Kongress ist ein Dachverband
für deutsche Vereine, Kirchen und Firmen sowie für Privatpersonen, die
an der Arbeit und an den Zielen des DKK interessiert sind und diese
Auftrag und unser Ziel sind:
Kanadiern deutschsprachiger Herkunft eine vereinte Stimme gegenüber dem
Staat, der Presse und der Bevölkerung im Allgemeinen zu geben.
Beiträge, die deutsche und deutschfreundliche Bürger zum Aufbau
Kanadas geleistet haben, anzuerkennen und bekanntzumachen, und in
besonderen Fällen mit dem „Heritage Award“ auszuzeichnen.
Regelmäßige Zusammenkünfte mit Vertretern der Regierung und der
Medien durchzuführen, um unsere Anliegen darzulegen.
Unwahren Veröffentlichungen und Anschuldigungen jeglicher Art
bezüglich unserer Volksgruppe entschieden entgegenzuwirken.
Die Rechte jeder Person, im Rahmen der kanadischen Gesetzgebung und der
UN Deklaration für Menschenrechte, voll zu unterstützen.
Das große Donauschwaben Trachtenfest fand am 28. April im Schwabenklub
Wie immer war es ein großartiges Ereignis mit der Schaustellung der vielen
wunderschönen schwäbischen Trachten und Tänzern.
Tanzgruppen kamen von Windsor, Leamington, Toronto und Kitchener.
Es war eine Freude, den jungen Leuten zuzuschauen.
Die Schwaben, mehr als alle anderen, halten an ihren Bräuchen
und ihrer deutschen Kultur fest.
In ihren Ansprachen wiesen Stefan Jauch, John Werner und Frau Braunser auf
die Wichtigkeit der Erhaltung ihres kulturellen Erben hin.
Der Höhepunkt des Abends war die Überreichung der goldenen
Ehrennadel für besondere Verdienste im Einsatz für die deutsche
Gemeinde. Der Präsident
des DKK Ontario, Ernst Friedel, wurde damit geehrt.
Sein Bestreben, der deutschen ethnischen Gruppe den gerechten Platz im
kanadischen Mosaik zu verschaffen, wurde damit gewürdigt.
Es ist mir eine große Freude unserem Präsidenten Ernst Friedel zu
gratulieren und für seinen vielseitigen Einsatz zu danken.
Tony Bergmeier, Präsident
German Canadian Congress is concerned about portraying innocent people as war criminals.
(Waterloo October 02, 2002) Recent
articles in the Montreal Gazette and the National Post concerning a
possible change in government policy when it comes to citizenship
revocation and deportation of war criminals should be of great concern
to all citizens.
In both cases persons who have been cleared of any criminal
offence are named in the same context as war criminals.
This is not only unfair, but also projects the false impression
to the public that these people were involved in war crimes.
This applies especially to Mr. Odynsky, Mr. Oberlander and Mr.
Baumgartner. In all three
cases there is absolutely no evidence that these men were directly or
indirectly involved in committing of war crimes and still the media
refers to them in the context of war criminals.
As a 17 year old, Mr. Oberlander was forced to work as an
interpreter for the German Forces that had entered the Ukraine. Because of that service he was called a facilitator by Mr.
Faber of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Of course he was a facilitator. He assisted persons to
communicate with each other, something, which can hardly be called a
crime. In fact Mr. Siderenko a Ukrainian
National and a witness, called by the Canadian Government to testify at the
Oberlander trial said that Mr. Oberlander's service as an interpreter
was of great benefit to him when he was interrogated by the German
The German Canadian Congress objects very strongly against the
naming of innocent people in the same context as war criminals and
thereby creating the impression that these people belong to that
category. This will be fertile ground for an atmosphere in which hatred
can grow, something which we certainly don't need.
What we should strive for is harmony, understanding and tolerance
in order to create a better society.
German Canadian Congress
sofortigen Veröffentlichung freigegeben
Die Beurteilung der vergangenen 12 Monate und die weitere strukturelle
Organisation zur Bewältigung neuer Aufgabenbereiche stand im Mittelpunkt
der Jahreshauptversammlung der Deutschen Weltallianz, zu der im September
Mitglieder aus Kanada und den Vereinigten Staaten an der Georgetown
Universität in Washington D.C. zusammen kamen.
Deutsche Weltallianz wurde 2002 ins Leben gerufen und ist eine gemeinnützige
Organisation, die sich weltweit für die Belange der Deutschen und Deutschstämmigen
einsetzt. Besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf Menschenrechtsfragen und deren
den Rechenschaftsberichten des Vorstandes wurde besonders auf die
erfolgreichen Interventionen bei dem Kroatien Dezernat im US Außenministerium
bezüglich der Wiedergutmachungsansprüche Deutscher Vertriebener, sowie die
gute Zusammenarbeit mit dem Büro für Menschenrechte hinsichtlich der Schändung
eines sudetendeutschen Denkmals in der Tschechischen Republik hingewiesen.
Jahreshauptversammlung beschloß die Gründung von Arbeitskreisen, die sich
mit Menschenrechtsverletzungen und Entschädigungsfragen in den
verschiedenen regionalen Gebieten befassen sollen. Außerdem wurde
beschlossen, eine Liste von den Staaten zu erarbeiten, in denen fragwürdig
mit den Menschenrechten Deutscher umgegangen wird. Für Organisationen aus
diesen Ländern wird außerdem kein Mitgliedsbeitrag erhoben.
wurde eine Resolution verabschiedet, in der sich die DWA für die Gründung
eines „Zentrums gegen Vertreibung“ in Berlin einsetzt. In einem
entsprechenden Brief an
Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder und den Berliner Oberbürgermeister Klaus
Wowereit wird DWA Präsident, Prof. Alfred Obernberger, die Haltung der
das Frühjahr 2004 ist geplant, eine Delegation nach Deutschland und Österreich
zu senden, um die örtlichen Organisationen über die Arbeit der DWA zu
informieren und sie zur Zusammenarbeit aufzufordern. Auch andere deutsche
Volksgruppen, weltweit, sollen zu Mitarbeit und zur Mitgliedschaft
nächste Jahreshauptversammlung wurde für September 2004 in Kanada
angesetzt. Sie wird vom Deutsch-Kanadischen Kongreß, einem Gründungsmitglied
der DWA, organisiert werden.
Informationen stehen unter www.germanworldalliance.org
zur Verfügung. oder
Herbert Traxler , GWA Sekretär, 5817 Runford Drive, New Carrollton, MD
Tel.:301-577-3503 Email: email@example.com
December 10, 2004
Tag der Menschenrechte - Human Rights Day
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The German World Alliance joins civil society in all countries and in particular the NGO community and other human rights agencies in celebrating International Human Rights Day and reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of December 10, 1948.
GWA would like to identify two primary objectives of this international day of remembrance and action:
Germans world-wide recall that human rights and human dignity do not allow for privileges in the treatment of victims. There cannot be politically correct victims and those who can be safely ignored. Each victim of a violation of his or her human rights is entitled to our solidarity and compassion. Each victim deserves respect and attention. Thus, the German World Alliance insists that Germans victims of grave human rights violations not be ignored, as if their suffering did not count.
60 years after the expulsion (Vertreibung) of 15 million Germans from the 700-year old homelands in East Prussia, Pomerania, Silesia, East Brandenburg, the Sudetenland, as well as from Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia – a process that took the lives of more than two million of these unfortunate men, women and children – must be addressed. This was ethnic cleansing in a massive scale, many times worse than what we have all seen in Yugoslavia.
The noted British publicist Victor Gollancz described the expulsions in his book “Our Threatened Values” as follows:
If the conscience of mankind ever again becomes sensitive, these expulsions will be remembered to the undying shame of all who committed or connived at them…The Germans were expelled, not just with an absence of over-nice consideration, but with the very maximum of brutality. (p. 96)
U.S. Senator Langer rightly called the expulsions “a crime against humanity”. And yet, the expulsions are largely unknown outside of Germany and Austria. This is attributable to a failure of the press to report on it while it was happening and a failure of historians to come to grips with it – perhaps because it was so horrible, so inhuman, so disgraceful.
No one can deny these German expellees their status as victims. No one can deny them respect and compassion. The German World Alliance wants to contribute to the dissemination of information on this subject.
In keeping with the goals of this year‘s Human Rights Day, the GWA demands that schools, especially those in Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic, but also in the United States and Canada teach about these matters. The GWA insists that the school curricula deal with the Expulsion, and suggests that Volksdeutsche survivors should be called upon to retell their stories in the classrooms.
It is not possible to continue the false and immoral practice of systematically ignoring the many millions of victims of genocides in the twentieth century – as if there were a monopoly of suffering. Human rights activists and believers in the equality in dignity of all human beings, believers in the equality of all victims – they know that the genocide against the Armenians, the genocide against the Volksdeutsche, the genocide in Cambodia, the genocide in Rwanda are important events in 20th century history that must not be ignored.
All victims of ethnic cleansing have a right to return to their homelands, a right to restitution for robbed property and a right to an apology by the states which profited from the ethnocide that was the expulsion. As the first United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jose Ayala Lasso, told the German expellees in 1995:
“I submit that if in the years following the Second World War the States had reflected more on the implications of the enforced flight and the expulsion of the Germans, today’s demographic catastrophies, particularly those referred to as ethnic cleansing, would, perhaps not have occurred to the same extent.”
The German World Alliance endorses this statement and asks human rights activists the world over to draw the necessary lessons from it.
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owe it to all victims -- Germans and Allied alike -- to mourn over their
suffering and to condemn the root of it all -- aggressive war.
The Germans do not stand alone in history as the only aggressors.
Alas, there have been many wars since 1945, and there have always been
aggressors. The victims on all sides of the conflicts deserve our
Kearn Schemm, President
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of the German Canadian Congress (Ontario) to the 07 June 2005 Report by
the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration relating to
The German-Canadian Congress (Ontario) fully
supports the Report of the Committee on Citizenship and Immigration,
chaired by the Hon. Andrew Telegdi. The Committee’s recommendations
fully reflect the concerns the German Canadian Congress has been
communicating to the Government and the Committee in the past.
The Committee’s recommendations are based on a
consensus among Committee members across party lines. The
recommendations clearly reflect the concerns shared by most ethnic
communities. The German Canadian Congress is a member of the
multi-ethnic Citizenship Coalition. From talking to representatives of
other ethnic communities involved in this organization we know that the
Report enjoys great support in almost all ethnic communities across
Canada. The Committee has fully taken into account the larger issue
behind the question of citizenship revocation, that is what values do we
attach to Canadian citizenship? The current revocation process devalues
Canadian citizenship and turns six million naturalized Canadians into
second class citizens. The Committee’s recommendations ensure that all
naturalized Canadians’ citizenship rights are equally protected, as
required by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and under International
Law. This is primarily a human rights issue. In implementing the
Committee’s recommendations in a new Citizenship Act, the Government
would make the citizenship revocation procedure compliant with the
Charter as the highest law of the land and bring Canada up to
We are particularly pleased with the Committee’s
recommendation to transfer the power of citizenship revocation from the
Governor in Council to the courts. The German-Canadian Congress has
always argued that the power of citizenship revocation must be vested in
the courts and not in elected officials. This is the only way to ensure
due process and to protect the revocation process from political
interference. In the case of Helmut Oberlander the Superior Court of
Ontario has defined the flaws of the current revocation process, when it
ruled that the Government had interfered with the courts and that the
same elected officials had usurped the role of prosecutor and judge in
this particular case. The Committee’s recommendation protects both the
integrity of Canadian citizenship and the integrity of the revocation
process. Citizenship enshrines the values of our constitution.
Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that it can only be revoked by
the Courts and in a process that fully protects the affected
individual’s rights and is based on due process.
We are also in full support of the Committee’s
recommendation to allow the courts to revoke citizenship only if it has
been proven in Criminal Court beyond
reasonable doubt that citizenship was obtained by fraudulent means.
Criminal rules of evidence must apply and there must be full rights to
appeal. These recommendations are fully in line with our argument that
the current balance of probability evidence threshold is insufficient
and violates Canadian citizens’ rights under the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and under International Law. Only the Criminal courts with
their high standard of proof and a clearly laid out appeal process
guarantee that there is due process in citizenship revocation
proceedings. Given the most serious repercussions of citizenship
revocation for an individual and his/her family, it is simply not enough
to establish that this individual might have misrepresented
himself/herself when applying for Canadian citizenship, which in many
cases happened decades ago. Revoking citizenship takes away Canadian
citizens’ legal personality by making them stateless. The government
carries the responsibility to ensure that such a severe measure is only
applied if there is rock-solid evidence that this particular individual
has obtained citizenship by fraudulent means. The only standard that
takes into account the serious repercussions of citizenship revocation
and fully acknowledges the legal limits posed to Government action by
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is evidence beyond reasonable doubt.
If there is no such evidence, the Government has to leave the affected
The German-Canadian Congress fully supports the
Committee’s conclusion that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms must
apply to all citizenship revocation proceedings. We have always argued
that the Charter cannot be applied selectively. Under the current
revocation law, Canadian citizens faced with revocation of their
citizenship do not have a right to appeal the Court’s finding of fact
that they may have misrepresented themselves when applying for
citizenship. Their right to be legally represented is limited and they
have to live in fear of being deported from this country without the
Government ever having to fully prove that they committed war crimes or
misrepresented themselves when applying for Canadian citizenship.
Citizenship is a fundamental right which must be protected by the
Charter as the highest law of the land.
We congratulate the members of the Citizenship and
Immigration Committee on their impressive work. We know that for many of
them, who have been born outside Canada themselves, this is a matter of
political conscience. The German Canadian Congress (Ontario) will
continue to support the Committee members in their effort to ensure that
six million naturalized Canadians will become equal citizens in this
great country of ours.
To access the full report, please go to www.parl.gc.ca.
On the main menu click on Committee Business, then click on House of
Commons Committees Home, under “What’s new” click on Citizenship
revocation: A question of due process.
Ulrich Frisse, LL.M.
President-Elect, German Canadian Congress (Ontario)
be celebrated in Kitchener
This year’s German Pioneers Day presents all citizens of Waterloo Region
the opportunity to pay their respects to and thank two groups of people
whose decisions became the foundation of the development and prosperity
of our area, Mennonite pioneers and the Six Nations of the Grand.
200 years ago the sales agreement between the German Land Company and
developer Richard Beasley sealed the transfer of initially 60,000 acres
of land from Joseph Brant and the Iroquois Nation to the Mennonite
Pioneers. This area of land
comprises most of what is now Waterloo County.
The German Pioneers Day committee will this year honour the pioneering
Brubacher and Erb families, the Joseph Schneider Haus, and the Six
Nations of the Grand.
All day, from 11:00 a.m., comprehensive displays in the Rotunda and
films in the Council Chambers will feature different aspects of
Mennonite history as well as contemporary activities and art.
From 3:00 p.m. the Transylvania Brass Band will entertain the
At 5:00 p.m. the chairman of the event, Mr. Gerhard Griebenow will invite
Pastor David T. Martin of the Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada to give
the invocation. This will
be followed by the playing of the German, Austrian, and Swiss National
Anthems. Mr. Ken Seiling,
Chairman of the Region of Waterloo, Mayor Carl Zehr, Dr. Klaus Rupprecht,
the German Consul General, and Anton Bergmeier, President of the
German-Canadian Congress of Canada will bring greetings.
The guest speaker of the event is Dr. Marlene Epp, academic dean at Conrad
Grebel University College.
Following the presentation of the plaques a short play written by Barb
Draper will offer a humorous glimpse into a Sunday visit between
pioneering couples around 1830.
The Conrad Grebel Chapel Choir under the direction of Tim Corlis will close
the program which will conclude with „O Canada“.
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Dieses Jahr bietet der Tag der deutschen Pioniere allen Bewohnern von
Waterloo Region die Gelegenheit, zwei Bevölkerungsgruppen zu danken,
deren Entscheidungen die Grundlage für die Entwicklung und das
Wohlbefinden unserer Gegend bildeten, die Mennonitenpioniere und die Six
Nations of the Grand.
Vor 200 Jahren besiegelte der Kaufvertrag zwischen der German Land Company
und dem Spekulanten Richard Beasley die Übertragung von zunächst
60,000 Acker Land von Joseph Brant und der Iroquois Nation auf die
Mennoniten. Dieses Stück
Land schließt fast die gesamte Gegend des heutigen Waterloo County ein.
Das Komittee des Tages der deutschen Pioniere ehrt dieses Jahr die Gründungsfamilien
Brubacher und Erb, das Joseph Schneider Haus, und die Sechs Nationen des
Den ganzen Tag, angefangen von 11 Uhr, werden ausgedehnte Ausstellungen in
der Rotunda und Filme in den Council Chambers verschieden Aspekte der
Geschichte der Mennoniten und gegenwertige Aktivitäten und Kunst
Ab 15 Uhr wird die Transylvania Blaskapelle für alle Teilnehmer aufspielen.
Um 17 Uhr wird der Vorsitzende der Veranstaltung, Herr Gerhard Griebenow,
Herrn Pastor David T. Martin der Mennonitenkirche von Ostkanada bitten,
die Invokation zu sprechen. Danach
werden die Nationalhymnen von Deutschland, Österreich, und der Schweiz
Herr Ken Seiling, der Vorsitzende von Waterloo Region, Bürgermeister Karl
Zehr, Dr. Klaus Rupprecht, der deutsche Generalkonsul, und Anton
Bergmeier, der Präsident des Deutsch-kanadischen Kongresses von Kanada
werden Grußworte überbringen.
Die Gastsprecherin der Veranstaltung ist Dr. Marlene Epp, Academic Dean von
Conrad Grebel University College.
Nach der Verleihung der Plaketten wird ein kurzer Einakter von Barb Draper
einen humorvollen Einblick in einen Sonntagsbesuch zwischen zwei Pionier-
ehepaaren um 1830 geben.
Der Conrad Grebel Kappellenchor unter der Leitung von Herrn Tim Corlis wird
das Programm zu Ende bringen, das mit „O Canada“ abgeschlossen wird.
Diaspora Conference at the Waterloo Centre for German Studies
Press Release, 12 July 2006
WATERLOO, Ont. (July 12, 2006) -- Canada's most prominent area of German settlement -- Kitchener-Waterloo -- will host an unprecedented conference next month on the experiences of German-speaking immigrants around the world.
The conference, to be held at St. Paul's College on the University of Waterloo campus Aug. 24-27, is entitled Diaspora Experiences: German-Speaking Immigrants and their Descendants. It will showcase some 60 international experts giving public talks on German immigration in 27 countries and areas around the world.
Diaspora, a term commonly used to describe the socio-historical experience of the Jewish people, now has evolved into an analytical category for examining present-day patterns of immigration in broader terms.
"We will explore commonalities and differences experienced by German-speaking immigrants and their descendants when living in geographical and linguistic settings other than those of their own ethnic origin," said David John, director of the centre and a UW professor of German studies.
"A conference on this topic and of this dimension has never before been held," he said. "We want to break new ground and provide an agenda for the future."
The conference was organized by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, which is affiliated with UW's Germanic and Slavic studies department. For more information on speakers and topics, visit http://www.wcgs.ca/conference/main.php.
The event will feature the following three keynote speakers giving overviews to the German diaspora in terms of history, linguistics and literature:
-- Hans Lemberg (Philipps Universität Marburg), "Reasons and Conditions of Population Transfer. Expulsion of Germans from East and Central Europe and their Integration in Germany and in Foreign Countries after World War II."
-- Janet Fuller (Southern Illinois University), "Language and Identity in the German Diaspora (and at Home)."
-- Hugo Hamilton (an author living in Dublin, Ireland), reading from his celebrated novel The Speckled People, a memoir of growing up in a mixed Irish-German-English culture.
John said that many local residents will find Hamilton's talk to be of interest as his experiences mirror their own. He will give his public presentation Aug. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in MacKirdy Hall, St. Paul's College (admission $8, full conference registrants exempt).
Six years ago, the Ontario government instituted German Pioneers Day to recognize the achievements of German pioneers in shaping Ontario’s development. The German Pioneers Day event will take place on Oct. 10, 2006 in the rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener. The formal program begins at 5 p.m.
This year, the German Pioneers Day committee is recognizing two key participants in the local newspaper industry: first, the Motz family, and second, The Record.
The Motz family maintained a lead role in the
newspaper business for four generations, starting with John Motz in 1859
and continuing with William J. Motz, John E. Motz and Paul Motz. The
Motz’s involvement in the industry originated with the creation of The
Berliner Journal and lasted until 1990. Under their leadership, the
newspaper evolved into what we now know as The Record. German Pioneers
Day will recognize the Motz family’s tremendous contribution of more
than 130 years of journalistic excellence.
Over the years, the Twin Cities have welcomed people from around the world. Today, people of German heritage still make up 10% of our population. In this ceremony, we will remember our heritage and look with confidence to our shared future.
Gerhard Griebenow, Chairman