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  German-Canadian Congress (Ont)
41 River Road East , Unit B , Ont. N2B 2G3 Tel: 519 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com
August 10, 2001

 Press Release

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 Helmut Oberlander was revoked by an act of the Canadian Cabinet.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, accountable?”

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 society.

German Canadian Congress (Ont.)  
Ernst Friedel, President
William Kessel, Executive Director
Tony Bergmeier, V-President
Paul Tuerr, V-President 
              

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   German-Canadian Congress (Ont)
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com

05-Jul-02 1:24:18 PM

Press Release

German Canadian Congress elects new National President

WATERLOO 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

Press Release  

Deutsch-Kanadischer 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 unterstützen.

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.

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Donauschwaben ehren Ernst Friedel, DKK Präsident

Das große Donauschwaben Trachtenfest fand am 28. April im Schwabenklub Kitchener statt.

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  
National Präsident, DKK

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  German-Canadian Congress (Ont)
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com
October 4th 2002

German Canadian Congress is concerned about portraying innocent people as war criminals.

 Press Release

 (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 forces.

 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  
Anton Bergmeier, President, German Canadian Congress National  

Ernst Friedel, President, German- Canadian Congress Ontario

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  German-Canadian Congress (Ont)
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com
October 18th 2003

German World Alliance

Deutsche Welt Allianz

 

www.GermanWorldAlliance.org

 

Pressemitteilung

Zur sofortigen Veröffentlichung freigegeben

 

Deutsche Weltallianz zieht erfolgreiche Bilanz für 2003.

 

Washington: 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.

 

Die 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 Verletzung gelegt.

 

In 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.

 

Die 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.

 

Einstimmig 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 Organisation darstellen.

 

Für 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 eingeladen werden.

 

Die nächste Jahreshauptversammlung wurde für September 2004 in Kanada angesetzt. Sie wird vom Deutsch-Kanadischen Kongreß, einem Gründungsmitglied der DWA, organisiert werden.

 

Weitere Informationen stehen unter www.germanworldalliance.org zur Verfügung. oder

Dr. Herbert Traxler , GWA Sekretär, 5817 Runford Drive, New Carrollton, MD 20784

Tel.:301-577-3503     Email: traxler@ioip.com

 

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Press Release from the German World Alliance:
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:

  • the level of public awareness and understanding of human rights must be enhanced through education and training. Both are essential for the promotion and achievement of stable and harmonious relations among communities and for fostering mutual understanding, tolerance and peace.
  • Human rights education & training must be promoted at the local, municipal and federal level.

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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German World Alliance

Press Release

February 12, 2005

 

Released for immediate publication


Sixty years ago, on the night of 13 to 14 February 1945, thousand-bomber Anglo-American swarms firebombed Dresden, a city with no significant military targets, located at the time of the attack hundreds of miles away from the front.  More than 100,000 civilians perished, including many Silesians who had fled toward Saxony, trying to escape the onslaught of the Red Army.

There is no doubt that under international law applicable in 1945, the carpet bombing of population centres constituted a grave breach of the laws and customs of war.  Bearing in mind that the Allied bombing of German population centres killed an estimated 600,000 civilians during World War II, there is no doubt that such indiscriminate bombing and, in particular, the firebombing of Dresden entailed not only war crimes but also crimes against humanity.

International law applies to all parties in armed conflicts, regardless of who was the aggressor.  The Hague and Geneva conventions were drafted and adopted in times of peace by States, all of them potential aggressors, with a view to limit the horrors of war, in particular to civilians.  Said conventions allow no discrimination among the civilians of belligerent countries, and their protection extends equally to victors and vanquished


Human rights law is equally clear with regard to the overarching principle of equality.  Thus, there cannot be discrimination among victims of violations of human rights.  A German victim shares the same human dignity with French, Polish or Russian victims, and is as deserving of our compassion.

International law rejects the concept of collective guilt.  Indeed, guilt and innocence are individual phenomena.  Accordingly, all moral persons must reject any frivolous approach to the loss of human life, in particular the unthinking statements that have recently appeared in the press  : "Dresden was bad, but the Germans had it coming to them".  This is a thoroughly flawed
and obscene statement, because no one deserved being burned alive, no one deserved dying in a terror attack on civilians and refugees

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We 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 respect.


Never again Dresden, never again Hiroshima.

 

Mr. Kearn Schemm, President

6001 N. 26th St
Arlington, Va. 22207

703-534-9383

 

 

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Response of the German Canadian Congress (Ontario) to the 07 June 2005 Report by the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration relating to Citizenship Revocation 

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 international standard. 

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 individual alone. 

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. 

Dr. Ulrich Frisse, LL.M.

President-Elect, German Canadian Congress (Ontario)

 

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German Pioneers Day
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE 

 GERMAN PIONEERS DAY

to 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 participants.  

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“. 


German Pioneers Day

41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com

  PRESS RELEASE

 GERMAN PIONEERS DAY

gefeiert in Kitchener

  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 Grand River.

 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 vorstellen. 

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 gespielt.

 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.   

 

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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).

 

 

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German Pioneers Day 2006

 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.
The Record traces its roots back 128 years to the Daily News. The Record offers local, national and international information, as well as a forum for public debate and free expression of ideas. German Pioneers Day will honour our newspaper for its long-lasting service to the community.

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

 

 

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German Pioneers Day
41 River Road East Unit B, Kitchener,Ont. N2B 2G3
Tel. (519) 571-8980 dkkont@gmail.com

Kitchener-Waterloo July 23, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

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German Pioneers Day 2009 

Ten years ago, the Ontario government instituted German Pioneers Day to recognize the achievements of German pioneers in shaping Ontario’s development. This year, the German Pioneers Day event will take place on Oct. 13, 2009 in the rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener. The formal program begins at 5:00 p.m.

For over 200 years German immigrants found their way to Waterloo County. A big portion of the population in Kitchener and the surrounding municipalities are of German descent.

They left difficult circumstances behind to build a new life in Canada for themselves and their children. They were guided by principles of faith, found strength and comfort in the practice of their cultural traditions, and applied their work ethic, skills, and enterprise to develop Waterloo County and Ontario. Thus they helped shape the character of our region as a confident, tolerant, and multicultural community.

This year, the German Pioneers Day committee is recognizing two churches that have provided spiritual guidance for their community, and two entrepreneurs who have made great contributions to build our community.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambridge is celebrating its 175th anniversary of community involvement and participates in international missions and hunger relief efforts.

Bethel Lutheran Church of Kitchener became a spiritual centre for hundreds of new immigrants who came to Canada after the Second World War. The Church has played an active role in the community for 60 years.

Paul Tuerr, a 2002 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and President of Paul Tuerr Construction, has in the past 60 years developed more than 1000 acres across the Region of Waterloo. He has sponsored many immigrant families and continues to make significant charitable contributions.

The Huber family developed a small butcher shop in Waterloo, which they bought more than 50 years ago into Piller’s Sausage and Delicatessen, one of  North America’s largest producers of European sausages and meats.  

We invite you to attend this celebration of our German heritage as members of the third largest ethnic group in Canada

 In this ceremony, we will remember our heritage and look with confidence to our shared future. 

German Pioneers Day Committee 

Gerhard Griebenow, Chairman                   

Tel. (519) 571-8980  e-mail: dkkont@gmail.com

 German Pioneers Day Act, Bill 28-1999 
The Bill proclaims the day after Thanksgiving Day in each year as German Pioneers Day.

 

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