Carl Otto

Carl Otto

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Alexander Von Humboldt Schule, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Carl-Friedrich Gauß Schule, Confederation High School, Deutsachherren-Gymnasium, German Historical Museum, Gymnasium Isernhagen, Horton High School/Acadia University, Integrierte Gesamtschule Bonne-Beuel,

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President of Carl Otto Associates, Inc. and Financial Analyst 67 years old Arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1961 Born to German parents in Switzerland, in 1931 Educated in Marburg, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Oxford Studied law and received a Doctorate in Banking Finance
  • President of Carl Otto Associates, Inc. and Financial Analyst
  • 67 years old
  • Arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1961
  • Born to German parents in Switzerland, in 1931
  • Educated in Marburg, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Oxford
  • Studied law and received a Doctorate in Banking Finance

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Carl Otto

Mein name ist Carl Otto. ____ schule schulehaus bilden gehabt im Freiburg, Hamburg und Oxford.

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Alexander Von Humboldt Schule, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Carl-Friedrich Gauß Schule, Confederation High School, Deutsachherren-Gymnasium, German Historical Museum, Gymnasium Isernhagen, Horton High School/Acadia University, Integrierte Gesamtschule Bonne-Beuel,

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

I came to Canada on my honeymoon. It was planned that way. I also wanted to leave Germany because of its Nazi past. We traveled throughout Canada but stayed in Montreal. I stopped in England for a short time to change boats.

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

I came to Canada on my honeymoon. It was planned that way. I also wanted to leave Germany because of its Nazi past. We traveled throughout Canada but stayed in Montreal. I stopped in England for a short time to change boats.

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

Canada gave me a good impression. I had hoped for a tolerant society with a free lifestyle and a free atmosphere in which to conduct business. These dreams were completely fulfilled.

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

Canada gave me a good impression. I had hoped for a tolerant society with a free lifestyle and a free atmosphere in which to conduct business. These dreams were completely fulfilled.

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

The family did not have to separate in any way. I knew no people in Canada except for a cousin in Toronto. I still visit my family in Germany every year.

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

The family did not have to separate in any way. I knew no people in Canada except for a cousin in Toronto. I still visit my family in Germany every year.

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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?

We met many new friends on our way to Canada. Before coming to Canada, I had known some Canadians at Oxford and liked their perception of their country and their humor. On our way to Canada we met John and Sheila Hillbourn who live in Chalk River, Ontario whom we still communicate with.

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?

We met many new friends on our way to Canada. Before coming to Canada, I had known some Canadians at Oxford and liked their perception of their country and their humor. On our way to Canada we met John and Sheila Hillbourn who live in Chalk River, Ontario whom we still communicate with.

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What was your first special experience in Canada?

My first special experience occurred after arriving on a Friday, and on Saturday we went on a trip, which took us just outside of Montreal to a town, called Georgeville. Our car got stuck near a graveyard in deep mud. (Laughs) Only in Canada could you get stuck in such deep mud.
What was your first special experience in Canada?

My first special experience occurred after arriving on a Friday, and on Saturday we went on a trip, which took us just outside of Montreal to a town, called Georgeville. Our car got stuck near a graveyard in deep mud. (Laughs) Only in Canada could you get stuck in such deep mud.

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Did you feel respected when you came here?

Yes, we were respected, actually more than respected, by the customs officers in Quebec City. We found everyone was really friendly.

Did you feel respected when you came here?

Yes, we were respected, actually more than respected, by the customs officers in Quebec City. We found everyone was really friendly.

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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?

I feel that Germany was more of a class based society and less homogenous than Canada. There were differences in the people in Germany. A Bavarian, a Saxon, and someone from Berlin all used different dialects and had somewhat of a different culture. In Canada, the people were Canadian wherever you went and much more internationally focused than individuals in Germany. Canada still has a very tolerant and internationally minded society.
What were some of the differences between Canada and Germany you first observed? Cultural or otherwise? Are these differences still present?

I feel that Germany was more of a class based society and less homogenous than Canada. There were differences in the people in Germany. A Bavarian, a Saxon, and someone from Berlin all used different dialects and had somewhat of a different culture. In Canada, the people were Canadian wherever you went and much more internationally focused than individuals in Germany. Canada still has a very tolerant and internationally minded society.

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

German families did not live in our neighbourhood, we lived in the centre of Montreal. Most people from Germany or of German origin live in the West End of Montreal. I am a member of the German Society of Montreal.

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

German families did not live in our neighbourhood, we lived in the centre of Montreal. Most people from Germany or of German origin live in the West End of Montreal. I am a member of the German Society of Montreal.

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

It was no problem finding work in Canada. I had wanted a banking position, but instead I took a job as a financial analyst. I am glad it worked out that way because this led me to start this firm.
Was it a problem finding work as an immigrant in a new country?

It was no problem finding work in Canada. I had wanted a banking position, but instead I took a job as a financial analyst. I am glad it worked out that way because this led me to start this firm.

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

I had been trained with a Doctorate in Banking, but instead I used this knowledge and took on the career of a financial analyst. In Canada I am able to travel quite often.

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

I had been trained with a Doctorate in Banking, but instead I used this knowledge and took on the career of a financial analyst. In Canada I am able to travel quite often.

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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 immigrate to Canada;
  • Empathize with the feelings of new immigrants to Canada.

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