Six German Immigrants to Canada

From left to right: Irmtraud Gributs, Rolf C. Hagen, Heiner Kammann, Carl Otto, Mr. Henry W. Rosenthal, Dr. Gisela Steinle

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For over three centuries, German immigrants have come to Canada. These bold pioneers and explorers left for Canada with memories and their culture. German immigration did not stop with the dawn of the Twentieth Century, in fact, it increased.

Turmoil in Europe from the First and Second World Wars, followed by the uncertainty of the Cold War, brought new waves of German immigrants to Canada. Many of these immigrants sought a fresh start, an opportunity to do well, a chance to acquire an education. Some were forced to emigrate to Canada in order to make a good life for themselves.
For over three centuries, German immigrants have come to Canada. These bold pioneers and explorers left for Canada with memories and their culture. German immigration did not stop with the dawn of the Twentieth Century, in fact, it increased.

Turmoil in Europe from the First and Second World Wars, followed by the uncertainty of the Cold War, brought new waves of German immigrants to Canada. Many of these immigrants sought a fresh start, an opportunity to do well, a chance to acquire an education. Some were forced to emigrate to Canada in order to make a good life for themselves.

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1. Why did you come to Canada? Did you come directly to Canada?

2. What were your hopes and dreams for your new life here in Canada? Were they fulfilled?

3. What was the reaction of your family when you decided to come to Canada?

4. Did you already know people here in Canada? Did you meet any new people on your way to Canada? If so, do you still communicate with them?

5. What was your first special experience in Canada?

6. Did you feel respected when you came here?

7. What were some of the differences between Canada and Germany you first observed? Cultural or otherwise? Are these differences still present?

8. Did German families live in your neighborhood? Did you join any German associations or clubs?

9. Was it a problem finding work as an immigrant in a new country?

10. What type of activities did you do in Germany? How did these activities change in Canada?
1. Why did you come to Canada? Did you come directly to Canada?

2. What were your hopes and dreams for your new life here in Canada? Were they fulfilled?

3. What was the reaction of your family when you decided to come to Canada?

4. Did you already know people here in Canada? Did you meet any new people on your way to Canada? If so, do you still communicate with them?

5. What was your first special experience in Canada?

6. Did you feel respected when you came here?

7. What were some of the differences between Canada and Germany you first observed? Cultural or otherwise? Are these differences still present?

8. Did German families live in your neighborhood? Did you join any German associations or clubs?

9. Was it a problem finding work as an immigrant in a new country?

10. What type of activities did you do in Germany? How did these activities change in Canada?

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Describe the context of German immigration to Canada in the twentieth century;
  • Recognize that immigration affects the lives of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds.

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