Irmtraud Gributs

Irmtraud Gributs

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Acquisitor for Lufthansa German Airlines Montreal, Age 57, Born in Hanover in 1941, Arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1967,
  • Acquisitor for Lufthansa German Airlines Montreal,
  • Age 57,
  • Born in Hanover in 1941,
  • Arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1967,

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Irmtraud Gributs

Gutentag! Ich bin Irmtraud Gributs. Goodday my name is Irmtraud Gributs. Bonjour, je suis Irmtraud Gributs.

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

I came to Montreal, Canada in 1967. This was the year of the Expo. It was then that I met a young man and we got married. I came directly from Hanover to Canada.
Why did you come to Canada? Did you come directly to Canada?

I came to Montreal, Canada in 1967. This was the year of the Expo. It was then that I met a young man and we got married. I came directly from Hanover to Canada.

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

It was my hope that I would be able to continue my career in Canada and that I would have an interesting life in a new country which had attracted me here.
What were your hopes and dreams for your new life here in Canada? Were they fulfilled?

It was my hope that I would be able to continue my career in Canada and that I would have an interesting life in a new country which had attracted me here.

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

I was the only one in the family who left for Canada. The reaction to my immigration to Canada was positive. I still have a very close relationship to my family in Germany. As I am an employee of Lufthansa this allows me the opportunity to return to Germany quite often on stopovers through Hanover.

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

I was the only one in the family who left for Canada. The reaction to my immigration to Canada was positive. I still have a very close relationship to my family in Germany. As I am an employee of Lufthansa this allows me the opportunity to return to Germany quite often on stopovers through Hanover.

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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?

I did not know anyone in Canada except for my husband. I only began to meet new people when I arrived in Montreal in 1967.

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?

I did not know anyone in Canada except for my husband. I only began to meet new people when I arrived in Montreal in 1967.

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What was your first special experience in Canada?

Expo ’67 was my first special experience in Canada. I had never before seen such large exhibits from different countries. Canada was also a place in which I observed many different people and cultures living together in harmony. I liked to experience different cultures and people both at the workplace and also socially.
What was your first special experience in Canada?

Expo ’67 was my first special experience in Canada. I had never before seen such large exhibits from different countries. Canada was also a place in which I observed many different people and cultures living together in harmony. I liked to experience different cultures and people both at the workplace and also socially.

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Did you feel respected when you came here?

I had no problems being respected. People were often very friendly and were always interested in where I came from as a new immigrant. They often asked where I was from, what language I spoke, what I did, and demonstrated to me the extent of the German language they knew. I did not feel like an immigrant at all!
Did you feel respected when you came here?

I had no problems being respected. People were often very friendly and were always interested in where I came from as a new immigrant. They often asked where I was from, what language I spoke, what I did, and demonstrated to me the extent of the German language they knew. I did not feel like an immigrant at all!

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

In 1967, I observed the differences in the opera and symphony orchestra in terms of their creation. Canadian people were very diverse and lived in harmony. Canadian society was very multi-cultural.

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

In 1967, I observed the differences in the opera and symphony orchestra in terms of their creation. Canadian people were very diverse and lived in harmony. Canadian society was very multi-cultural.

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

I did not know anyone at first in my area, but then I began to inquire about German stores, associations, and German churches. I soon discovered that there were two German churches in Montreal, and I made contact with some of these places. As time went by these contacts grew stronger.
Did German families live in your neighborhood? Did you join any German associations or clubs?

I did not know anyone at first in my area, but then I began to inquire about German stores, associations, and German churches. I soon discovered that there were two German churches in Montreal, and I made contact with some of these places. As time went by these contacts grew stronger.

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

My first position in Canada was as a secretary with Bell Canada. I was glad that I was working at first with a Canadian organization and not right away with a German one. This is because when you work for a Canadian firm you have an idea of how Canadians live, work, who they were, and what they do. This experience allowed me to adapt to Canada much better. It was not hard to find a job even though I had no experience in Canada, although many employers asked if I did. Supervisors wanted to know more about how things operated in Germany and how they compared to Canada. The change from Germany to Canada in terms of activities was not too different. I had been able to continue my career in Canada.
Was it a problem finding work as an immigrant in a new country?

My first position in Canada was as a secretary with Bell Canada. I was glad that I was working at first with a Canadian organization and not right away with a German one. This is because when you work for a Canadian firm you have an idea of how Canadians live, work, who they were, and what they do. This experience allowed me to adapt to Canada much better. It was not hard to find a job even though I had no experience in Canada, although many employers asked if I did. Supervisors wanted to know more about how things operated in Germany and how they compared to Canada. The change from Germany to Canada in terms of activities was not too different. I had been able to continue my career in Canada.

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

The change from Germany to Canada in terms of activities was not too different. I had been able to continue my career in Canada.

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

The change from Germany to Canada in terms of activities was not too different. I had been able to continue my career 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;
  • Understand some of the experiences faced by German immigrants to Canada, both in Germany and in Canada;
  • Explain why individuals emigrate to Canada;
  • Empathize with the feelings of new immigrants to Canada.

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