HOME / RESOURCES / MEDIA Media Under this section are included Documentaries, Historical Footage, TV-Shows, Audio Recordings & Websites. For example, the documentary “Ein Blockhaus am Yukon” by German immigrant Horst Kliem who is filming himself building a log cabin over several years in the Yukon Territory. The documentary “The Pacifist Who Went to War” is a documentary about the story of two Mennonite brothers from Manitoba who were forced to make a decision in 1939, as Canada joined World War II. Or, for example the sound recording “At the Edge of Wilderness” by German immigrant Hildegard Westerkamp which is a is a 52-minute installation about mining ghost towns in Southern British Columbia, Canada.
A Study in Adaptation and Identity German Immigration to Southern Manitoba since 1997 The University of Winnipeg Manitoba
German immigrants have long been an integral part of the social fabric of Manitoba. The most recent wave began in 1997, responding to the labour needs of businesses in the Winkler area. 50 families from Germany immigrated to Southern Manitoba.
Copyright, Leonard Frank White Pine Picture British Columbia
Captures the dramatic and creative life of a German Jewish immigrant whose career was almost destroyed by vicious innuendo and scandalous accusations. Leonard Frank overcame bigotry to become one of Canada’s most important photographers. He lovingly recorded the visual history and development of British Columbia in the years of its most dynamic growth before World War II.
Hitler’s Canadians Williams Douglas Western Canada
In the spring of 1940 small towns across Canada awakened to the sound of Nazi jackboots. German soldiers, sailors and pilots marched down main streets to hastily constructed camps for some 40,000 German fighters imprisoned as POWs on Canadian soil.
In 1940, before the U.S. entered WW II in 1941, the growing ranks of German prisoners in Britain presented an urgent problem. Straining to meet the Geneva Convention standards for POW treatment and with Nazi armies nearing their shores, Britain saw the POWs as a potential threat on their own soil and opted to send them to Canada. Some POWs were in prison here so long they called themselves “Hitler’s Canadians”.
Hitler’s Canadians tells the little known story of German POWs in Canada during WW2. It features dramatic re-enactments of brilliant and hilarious escapes, the biggest prison rebellion in Canadian history and surprising interviews with former prisoners.
Return to Reichenbach Maureen Kelleher Productions Inc Western Canada
“Two women on opposite sides of Hitler’s Third Reich meet in Toronto, years after the Second World War – the one, a Jewish girl orphaned by the regime, the other possibly the Nazi guard who protected her. This powerful documentary weaves together their stories, intimately exploring and contrasting their experiences of the war … and their fraught reunion more than half a century later. Return to Reichenbach is the first documentary in the body of Holocaust material that simultaneously captures the stories of an everyday Jewish girl and a German woman in Hitler’s reign. It provides a rare opportunity to view history through their eyes – a survivor searching for closure 50 years later and a German woman who paid a huge price for ideals she blindly supported or was too afraid to oppose.”–Moving Images website. Reichenbach was transferred from Germany to Poland in 1945 after World War II, at which point it was re-named Dzierżoniów.
The Impossible home [videorecording] : Robert Kroetsch and his German roots Carl Bessai Western Canada
Author Robert Kroetsch’s great-great grandparents emigrated from Bavaria to Canada in 1841. Two generations of the family lived in Ontario; it was Robert’s grandfather who went west to homestead in Heisler, Alberta, where Robert was born. Robert takes a trip to Germany and discovers records of his family, and of the ship on which his ancestors came to Canada. In his writing, Kroetsch seeks to tell the stories of this migration, and to define, for himself and others, what is “home”.
The Pacifist Who Went to War David Neufeld Western Canada
This documentary is the story of two Mennonite brothers from Manitoba who were forced to make a decision in 1939, as Canada joined World War II. In the face of 400 years of pacifist tradition, should they now go to war? Ted became a conscientious objector while his brother went into military service. Fifty years later, the town of Winkler dedicates its first war memorial and John begins to share his war experiences with Ted.
Toronto – Vancouver, einfache Fahrt bitte! – Mit dem Zug quer durch Kanada ZDF German Television Western Canada
Die Reise mit “The Canadian” geht quer durch den nordamerikanischen Kontinent durch riesige Wälder, Seengebiete, Gebirge, und zugleich ist es ist eine Reise durch zwei Jahreszeiten.
Vom herbstlichen Flammenmeer des Indian Summer in Ontario zu den eisigen Gipfeln der winterlichen Rocky Mountains. Sonnenschein, Wolken, Regengüsse, Frost und Schnee begleiten den Zug auf seiner 72 Stunden langen Fahrt.
Traumland Kanada Teil 1 – An der Indianerkueste Michael Gregor & Jochen Schliessler Western Canada
Die zweiteilige Dokumentation von Michael Gregor und Jochen Schliessler taucht im ersten Teil in die Welt der sogenannten “Crazy Canadians” ein, die jenseits des modernen Kanadas noch immer mitten in der Wildnis ihr Abenteuer suchen und begleitet die Menschen, die hunderte von Kilometern Einsamkeit zwischen sich und der Zivilisation legen. Zugleich erwacht die uralte Tradition der Küstenindianer neu, die sich wieder auf ihre Wurzeln besinnen und im Land ihrer Väter einen Neuanfang wagen . Der Traum von der großen Freiheit mitten in der Wildnis, was treibt Menschen dazu, alles hinter sich zu lassen und hier ihr Glück zu suchen.
Unterwegs in Kanada – British Columbia NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk Western Canada
Die Deutsche Sanna Seven Deers ist dem Indianer David vor 15 Jahren in die Wildnis gefolgt – in eine Idylle mit Schattenseiten, denn hier in der ländlichen Gegend trifft David immer noch auf Rassismus.
Greenwood ist eine alte Minenstadt ganz in der Nähe, mit 675 Bewohnern die kleinste Stadt Kanadas. Vor über 100 Jahren haben Goldsucher hier noch ihre Zelte aufgeschlagen. Einmal im Jahr reisen die Menschen aus den umliegenden Regionen zum Feiern an.
Das Fest Rock Creek Fall Fair ruft: mit vielen Tieren und unzähligen Wettbewerben. Fred Marshall und seine Frau Jane sind wie immer dabei. Fred besitzt eine Menge Land. Als Spezialist in Sachen Holz kümmert er sich zusammen mit seiner Frau um nachhaltige Forstwirtschaft. Ein Nebenerwerb ist seine kleine Herde biologisch gehaltener Rinder, die der 68-Jährige noch regelmäßig hoch zu Ross von einer Weide zur nächsten treibt.
Eine ganz andere Landschaft bietet das fruchtbare Okanagantal mit seinen vielen Seen und dem milden Klima. Direkt am 120 Kilometer langen Okanagan Lake liegt Grey Monk, eines von vielen Weingütern in diesem bekannten Wein- und Obstanbaugebiet.
Wenn die Wildnis ruft ZDF German Television Western Canada
Der Winter hält Einzug in den tiefen Wäldern des Nordens. Wie hält man es in einer Gegend aus, in der es ab Oktober eisig kalt wird und einem die Hand am Straßenschild fest frieren kann? Und was macht der Mensch im Sommer in wunderschönen aber kargen Gegenden Kanadas? Viele Deutsche hat es dort hin verschlagen – und fast niemand möchte wieder zurück.
British Columbia women’s history audio collection Simon Fraser University Archives British Columbia
In the spring semester 1989, Kathryn McPherson was instructor for Women Studies 202, “History of Women in Canada.” As part of the course work, McPherson assigned students to conduct a 2-3 hour interview with a British Columbia woman. Students were encouraged to select a woman over 60 years of age, and the interviewer was responsible for the themes covered. The interviews were recorded and deposited in the Archives. The Interview is with Melisa Rose Krauss born in Saskatchewan into a German-Russian Amish family. Later she moved to Vancouver, BC.
Living Sounds Hildegard Westerkamp British Columbia
Hildegard Westerkamp was born on April 8, 1946, in Osnabrück, Germany. In 1965, during a family trip to Canada, she met her future partner in life and work, Norbert Ruebsaat. From 1966 to 1968, she attended the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg, where she studied flute and piano. In 1968, she emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. From 1968 to 1972, she studied music at the University of British Columbia, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in 1972.
Oh (weia) Kanada. Mein Abenteuer vom Auswandern Katerina Jacob British Columbia
1997 erfüllte sich Katerina Jacob ihren Kindheitstraum, ausgelöst von den Romanen Jack Londons, und reiste in das Land der Bisons, Bären und Indianer. Sie erzählt von Indianern, Einheimischen, die ihr Leben in der einsamen Wildnis fristen, und Auswanderern aller Herren Länder, die den Absprung mal mehr, mal weniger erfolgreich geschafft haben, ebenso wie von ihren ganz privaten Abenteuern, ob im Boot, auf dem Pferderücken oder im Flugzeug.
The Memory Project John Rock, Rudolf Walter & Otto Hassibeder Western Canada
John “Hans” Rock: “During wartime, it was 3,000 voluntary from Germany prisoners went out and worked at the farm.”
Rudolf “Rudi” Walter: “They put the Americans out when they had 25 or 30 [air] missions. The Americans were pulled out. Not so in the German air force. You flew until you came home or….”
Otto Hassibeder: “About the Dieppe landing — well, the messages were getting so crazy. I mean, the bombs were dropped on boats, and artillery. And I couldn’t figure out that anybody could get out alive on a mission like that.”
German Canadians Collection Simon Fraser University Western Canada
The history of Canada’s relationship with German-speaking immigrants is a complex one, marked by a series of policy reversals under the influence of world events. Although this group makes up one of the largest immigrant groups in Canadian history, it was internally diverse and included ethnic Germans from the Russian Empire (later the Soviet Union), from the many 19th century states that later were unified to become modern Germany, as well as neighbouring areas with large German populations such as Hungary. Their arrival in Canada began in the 18th century and reached its peak in the forty years preceding World War I. These immigrants settled in virtually every province and participated in all economic activities and areas.
The collection of German materials selected here is largely focused on Alberta, where Germans were among the earliest farmers and settlers, and where today over half a million people claim German ancestry. Other materials honour the heritage of German families who moved from Pennsylvania to Upper Canada in 1786. German-language publishing in Canada dates as far back as 1788 with almanacs, sermons, and ephemeral items. The first newspaper was published in 1835. The selection of print resources found here is about 50% in German and 50% in English.
German Canadians Oral History Collection University of Manitoba Western Canada
The Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg was established in 2012 through approval by the University of Winnipeg Senate and the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents . The Oral History Centre’s founding directors are Nolan Reilly and Alexander Freund. It includes several oral history interviews related to German-Canadian history in Manitoba.
Peel’s Prairie Provinces University of Alberta Libraries Western Canada
This website contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable full-text collection of many of these items. As of Summer 2013, after 10 years worth of additions, Peel contains approximately 7,500 digitized books, over 66,000 newspaper issues, 16,000 postcards, and 1,000 maps. These materials are extremely varied – rich in both text and images, providing an extraordinarily diverse picture of the Prairie experience. Many of the items date back to the earliest days of exploration in the region and include a vast range of material dealing with every aspect of the settlement and development of the Canadian West.