When Anja Kleimann started doing pottery in the garage of her neighbour in the Black Forest, Germany, she didn’t realize that her hobby was about to become her career. When she moved to Paraguay, she not only did pottery, but was also able to use a kiln, which was another challenge she enjoyed mastering.
Finally, the emigrated to Barnhartvale, Kamloops and that is where her business took off after getting her own studio. Now she creates and sells hand-crafted works of art, both online and in her store and offers seasonal workshops for both newbies and experts. She also sells her creations at local craft fairs, in summer, fall & winter.
You can swing by at her studio in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, located at 5454 Ronde Lane and have a look at her work. You can find products that can be shipped you find in her Etsy-Store and in her Online-Shop.
Westcoast German News is a blog that happily provides information on German artists, business owners and more. Contact Elke Porter at 604 828 8788, or respond to this blog post with a comment indicating your interest in being interviewed.
I, Elke Porter, now have a patreon page, where patrons of the media arts can support my efforts to set up German Canadian Media Channels in western Canada. As a Russian lady once told me “Russian Community in Vancouver small – 3 papers. German Community big and no papers.”
That was the inspiration that caused me to start with a 4-page newsletter known as “German Voices Vancouver.” This morphed into a newsletter called “Westcoast German News”, which morphed into a blog and has now inspired a magazine “Das Schwarze Brett.” Next up is a weekly YouTube Show called “West Coast Germans”. But in order to get this off the ground I would need your help!
If you want to support me and my creative efforts, with anything from only $2 a month pledge, or up to $100+ a month, you would be earning my gratitude, my admiration & respect and eventually, my help in marketing you or your business. Click on the picture below to visit my page and follow me today! https://www.patreon.com/westcoastgermannews
What is my mission?
To inform, entertain and educate anyone living in western Canada on topics relating to local German, Swiss & Austrian people, places or things. My goal is to share information and build community and highlight the contribution of Germans in BC & Alberta.
From the days abode, media has remained an integral part of human civilization.
What will I do with the money?
Besides paying for rent, food & transportation, I will also be using the money to expand what I can offer. Blogging will be done more frequently, my magazine will then be published monthly and my YouTube Channel will be launched. Exciting times – all with your help!
You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Paul Bunyan.
What other services do you offer?
Besides creating German Media, I also have done WordPress Websites, written short books, translated texts from German to English, taught German, created ads, promoted & planned events, did the voiceover on a few videos on YouTube & worked in areas of public relations.
I create, I take risks. I live my passion.
I am an entrepreneur… as seen in yfs magazine
Wir suchen eine/n Deutschlehrer/in fuer unsere 10-jaehrige Tochter, deren Deutsch ungefaehr das Niveau einer deutschen Viertklaesslerin hat. Sie sollten paedagische Erfahrung mit Kindern mitbringen sowie Deutsch als Zweitsprache unterrichten koennen. Wir moechten gerne das Deutsch unserer Tochter einmal pro Woche (1 Stunde) vertiefen, sowie schriftlich als auch muendlich.
This was sent in from a reader of “Germans in Vancouver.”
If you let me know you are interested, I can forward your information along.
Are you interested in having your high school age child attend a German Conversation Class?
A conversation class encourages the children to spend as much time as possible speaking or listening to German – through reading of books, plays, poetry and analyzing songs. There might be some dialogues, theatre, partner work and using digital media to pass a message along. Students will be learning fairy tales, traditional literature & poetry, as well as modern, up-to-date songs that will give them an insight into German culture. There will also be a session on travel vocabulary – trains, planes & automobiles.
Let me know if something like this would interest your child/ren. Maximum 16 children per class. Prerequisites are a minimum of one year German lessons and the basics – Alphabet, counting to 100, colours etc.
604 828 8788
Even though September is not yet here, you can already sign up to a German School. As far as I can tell, there are 4 schools:
a. Westside Vancouver German School:
We offer a widely recognized high quality K-12 German after-school language program. Ideally students join our program at the age of 5 or 6 and progress on to high school.
http://www.vwgs.org – takes place Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6:15 for children from 5/6 to 10 (high school graduation) or Wednesdays from around 10 to 18 at the Prince of Wales Secondary School.
b. North Shore German School:
Founded in 1974, the German School North Shore has a rich tradition in providing German language classes to school-aged students from North Vancouver, West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as far reaching as Port Moody. Our Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs, which follow the prescribed curriculum for German heritage schools, are taught by professional German-speaking teachers.
http://www.germanschoolns.ca – takes place on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 for Kindergarten to Grade 12
c. Surrey German Language School:
Die Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey bietet am Samstag morgen international anerkannten Sprachunterricht für Kinder von der Vorschule bis zur 12. Klasse und für Erwachsene an.
The Surrey German Language School offers internationally recognized Saturday morning language classes for children from Pre-School to Grade 12 and for adults.
http://surreygermanschool.com – takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon for children from 3+ to Adult level
d. Deutsche Kindergruppe – for those who are too young for German School – ages 0 to 5 years old
Meetings will resume on the 9th of September
Come with your children (0-5yrs) every Monday between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm to sing songs, play, make crafts and speak German.
Wir sind eine offene Spielgruppe für Kinder von 0-5 Jahren und treffen uns Montags (ausser in den Ferien und an Feiertagen) zwischen 09:30-12:00.
Kommt doch mal vorbei und singt, spielt, bastelt und plaudert mit uns.
Contact: Kecia Boecking, Tel: 604-988-1356
If you know of any other schools/classes or pictures you would like to see in the Westcoast German News Blog, please let me know!
Presented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society
Wednesday, July 11th, 7:45 pm – Vancouver (Canada)
Vancity Theatre – Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7, Canada
Q&A with Tanja Cummings (director & producer) with moderator Richard Menkis, Associate Professor of modern Jewish history at the University of British Columbia.
LINE 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family’s dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other.
“A poetic evocation of the process of memory and the
persistence of a nightmare that must never be forgotten.”
–Peter Keough, Boston Globe
Country of Origin: Germany
Running Time: 91 mins
Languages: German & Polish with English subtitles
Line 41 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/linie41/
European trailer: https://vimeo.com/150425215
Northamerican trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHMANHMxQYc
Venue website: https://viff.org/line-41-filmmaker-discussion
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/607665306024280/
“Line 41“ available in the USA and Canada
Please contactFilmmovementfor sceening requests in the USA and Canada ———–>https://www.filmmovement.com/line41
“Line 41” is available on DVD & Digital (North American version): https://www.amazon.com/Line-41-Tanja-Cummings/dp/B078FHJJYC
All best from Berlin and many thanks,
EVA e. V. –Europäischer Verein für Ost|West-Annäherung –
LINIE 41 entstand ohne Filmförderung, war keine Auftragsproduktion eines Fernsehsenders. Wir realisierten unseren Film auf eigene Kosten und arbeitetete das Kernteam unentgeltlich. In kritischen Phasen erhielten wir Unterstützung von Stiftungen aus Deutschland, Polen und der Schweiz und half uns über die Jahre immer wieder großzügig ein Berliner Techniksponsor.
Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities
GTAI Investment Promotion Event – Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany
Germany Trade & Invest and its partners cordially invite the German Canadian Business Association, as well as members of the public, to a breakfast seminar on “Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities”. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 09:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Waterview.
Experts from Canada and Germany will share their knowledge and expertise about the region’s thriving Cleantech sector underlining its international significance. If you want to learn more about how Canadian companies can profit from Europe’s strongest economy, don’t miss out. Please note that this is an industry event.
Begin: 09:00 AM
Location:Waterview, 1661 Granville St, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N3
Please join us to find out more about business opportunities in Germany’s – and particularly Eastern Germany’s – thriving water technologies and cleantech industry. A comprehensive market overview will be complemented by insights into a Canadian company’s experience of investing in Germany. Moreover, this event will facilitate a knowledge exchange between experts from Canada and Germany.
Pioneering environmental policy and a supportive legal framework have helped establish Germany as one of the leading markets for sustainable water technologies. With a world market share of 11 percent and an expected annual growth of almost 12 percent until 2025, Germany offers attractive opportunities for innovative water technologies
Learn more at this link: CleantechClusterOpportunities.html
Here are my selections: (photos below)
- Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive (all games) – Original German Haus
- Manchester Pub – 1941 W Broadway (all games) – The Official German House
- Blenheim Pub – 3293 West 4th Avenue (Saturday, June 23, 2018) (Brand new location)
- The Pint Vancouver – 455 Abbott Street (mainly Germany, Brazil & Mexico) – has two floors
- Red Card Sports Bar – 560 Smithe Street (all games) – German Language Meetup Group uses this venue
Germany in the FIFA World Cup
Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea
Matchday 1 – Sunday, June 17, 2018 8 am – Mexico
Matchday 2 – Saturday, June 23, 2018 11 am – Sweden
Matchday 3 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7 am – South Korea
What About the Swiss?
Group E with Brazil, Serbia & Costa Rica
Matchday 1 – Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 11 am – Brazil
Matchday 2 – Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11 am – Serbia
Matchday 3 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11 am – Costa Rica
Other Places Around Vancouver
The American, 926 Main Street (Fr+Sa from 8 am, So-Th from 10 am)
Phat Sports Lounge Yaletown, 1055 Mainland Street (starting 8 am)
secondflooreaterybar 808 Bute Street (1st/2nd game, maybe 3rd)
Cinema Public House, 901 Granville Street (1st, otherwise from 11 am)
Colony Bar, 3255 W Broadway (from 11 am, knockout round from 7 am)
Kamei Baru, 990 Smithe Street (from 11 am)
The Charles Bar, 136 W Cordova Street (from 11 am)
One Under, 476 Granville Street (from 11 am)
BC Kitchen, 39 Smithe Street (from 11 am, earlier if there’s an audience)
Shark Club, 180 W Georgia Street (from 11 am)
Timber – 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
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We are also excited to introduce our advertisers, who will now have their ads posted on the advertising page of Westcoast German News.
Several months ago, Eric Spoeth from Edmonton contacted me to let me know that he had written and filmed a movie and would be showing it in Vancouver on April 8th, 2018. I agreed to promote the film in my “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine and on this blog. We even traded ad space. He received a half-page ad and I was able to see my 30-second advertising spot on the big screen.
Here is a picture of film director Erich Spoeth, with one of the “stars” of the show. His mother, Erika, was the youngest of 4 children, born towards the end of the war. She had two older sisters (Alwine & Altertine aka Tina) and one brother (Wiegand). This movie was the story of them being forced to flee the USSR in 1944 and end up staying in a house in a small village along the way. That is the last time the children saw their father alive. Baby Erika was only 1 year old.
Here are two of the young people waiting out front in the line up and the three teenagers sitting together in the theatre. One of these girls was born in Germany, one was born in Vancouver to a German father and one was born to a German mother. Each of them had a reason to attend this film. To learn about their heritage. To learn historical facts from a German-citizen-born-outside Germany perspective (Volksdeutsche) and to be a part of the German Community here in Vancouver.
Here is one of the young ladies raising her hand to ask a question in the Q & A season after the film was over. The questions were typical ones you might expect: How did you end up in Canada? What made you decide to make the film? Where was the story filmed?
The main thing when talking it over with some of the youngest audience members was hearing how this story was all new to them. Only one out of 3 had heard a little bit about this turbulent time in history, when Germans living in the USSR and other territories were caught up in the violence of war and forced to leave their homes, sometimes in the dead of winter, forever.
The girl who knew about Russian Germans had an Oma (grandmother) who came from Bessarabia, a place where Germans had been invited to live by Katarina the Great and had built prosperous farms and villages over 150 years. World War II changed everything. First, they had been forced to leave their homes in 1941, and had been relocated to West Prussia. Then, they had been overrun by Soviets and again, where forced to leave a place they had just gotten used to. But at least, the Bessarabians had been relocated as one group and had even arranged to stay in the same relocation camps as one united group during the war.
Unlike having woman and children, as well as entire families, separated as men were either fighting in the war, working for the war effort or supporting their families with long-distance work. The women, the children, the elderly were the ones who made the escapes in the big so-called “Trek”. That is what happened to the Zernickel family. Just as the father left, the mother and her four young children were forced to leave. Helene tried everything she could to stall, to wait, so that Waldemar could catch up with her, but alas.
Waiting for Waldemar never does come up with an answer to the question: Where is Waldemar? Instead, he has been missing since 1944. Nobody ever found out where he went or what happened to him. There is nothing they would like better than to see him one more time. Talk to him one more time. Spend some time with him, listening to his music, his piano, his singing… If Waldemar Zernickel was alive today, he would be 105 years old, but that wouldn’t matter. The movie did its part by pulling in the audience and letting us feel the anguish, the loss, the pain, as well as the hope and belief that kept them going.
I can recommend everyone to watch this movie and be transformed by the story. As ordinary Germans who just wanted to be together, to enjoy family life, to play piano, and eat farm fresh food and who were caught up in events beyond their control. Yet they still came out of it with the knowledge that “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Waiting for Waldemar is a moving 45-minute film about a family that escaped to Germany from Russia during the Second World War. Erika and her brother Wiegand, who were only babies when their father Waldemar disappeared during the escape and are now in their 70’s, combine fragments of memories and third-hand testimonies to paint a picture of the man that meant – and means – so much to them. Waiting for Waldemar is a bittersweet affirmation that love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Eric Spoeth has directed two full length documentaries and a dozen short films. His work includes working as an Assistant Director on The Matrix, Cut Bank, Blackstone, and other film and TV productions across Alberta.
You can buy the movie on the website: http://www.spoeth.com/wfw.html
You might be wondering if I am referring to residential schools. But no, I am talking about the internment camps in World War I and II – right on Canadian Soil. For Germans. Japanese. Ukranians. Austrians, Hungarians. For anyone they considered “enemy aliens.” They are listed here:
Amherst, Nova Scotia Malleable Iron Foundry April 1915 to September 1919
Beauport, Quebec The Armoury December 1914 to June 1916
Banff-Castle Mountain, Alberta Dominion Park July 1915 to July 1917
Brandon, Manitoba Exhibition Building September 1914 to July 1916
Edgewood, British Columbia Bunk Houses August 1915 to September 1916
Fernie-Morrissey, British Columbia Rented premises June 1915 to October 1918
Halifax, Nova Scotia The Citadel September 1914 to October 1918
Jasper, Alberta Dominion Park February 1916 to August 1916
Kapuskasing, Ontario Bunk Houses December 1914 to February 1920
Kingston, Ontario Fort Henry August 1914 to November 1917
Lethbridge, Alberta Exhibition Building September 1914 to November 1916
Monashee-Mara Lake, British Columbia Tents and Bunkhouses June 1915 to July 1917
Montreal, Quebec Immigration Hall August 1914 to November 1918
Munson-Eaton, Alberta Railway Cars October 1918 to March 1919
Nanaimo, British Columbia Provincial government building September 1914 to September 1915
Niagara Falls, Ontario The Armoury December 1914 to August 1918
Petawawa, Ontario Militia Camp December 1914 to May 1916
Revelstoke-Field-Otter, British Columbia Bunk Houses September 1915 to October 1916
Sault-St-Marie, Ontario The Armoury January 1915 to January 1918
Spirit Lake, Quebec Bunk Houses January 1915 to January 1917
Toronto, Ontario Stanley Barracks December 1914 to October 1916
Winnipeg, Manitoba Fort Osborne September 1914 to July 1916
Valcartier, Quebec Militia Camp April 1915 to October 1915
Vernon, British Columbia Provincial government building September 1914 to February 1920
World War II Info
German Canadian internment
During the Second World War, 850 German Canadians were accused of being spies for the Nazis, as well as subversives and saboteurs. The internees were given a chance by authorities to defend themselves; according to the transcripts of the appeal tribunals, internees and state officials debated conflicting concepts of citizenship.
Many German Canadians interned in Camp Petawawa were from a nineteenth-century migration in 1876. They had arrived in a small area a year after a Polish migration landed in Wilno, Ontario. Their hamlet, made up of farmers primarily, was called Germanicus, and is in the bush less than 10 miles from Eganville, Ontario. Their farms (homesteads originally) were expropriated by the federal government for no compensation, and the men were imprisoned behind barbed wire in the AOAT camp. (The Foymount Air Force Base near Cormac and Eganville was built on this expropriated land.) Notable was that not one of these homesteaders from 1876 or their descendants had ever visited Germany again after 1876, yet they were accused of being German Nazi agents.
756 German sailors, mostly captured in East Asia were sent from camps in India to Canada in June 1941 (Camp 33).
World War I Info
In World War I, 8,579 male “aliens of enemy nationality” were interned, including 5,954 Austro-Hungarians, including ethnic Ukrainians, and Croatians. Many of these internees were used for forced labour in internment camps.
The Ukrainian Canadian internment was part of the confinement of “enemy aliens” in Canada during and for two years after the end of the First World War, lasting from 1914 to 1920, under the terms of the War Measures Act that would be used again, in the Second World War, against Japanese Canadians.
About 4,000 Ukrainian men and some women and children of Austro-Hungarian citizenship were kept in twenty-four internment camps and related work sites — also known, at the time, as concentration camps.
Many were released in 1916 to help with the mounting labour shortage. Another 80,000 were registered as “enemy aliens” and obliged to regularly report to the police. Those interned had whatever little wealth they owned confiscated and were forced to work for the profit of their gaolers.Internment
Most of those interned were young men apprehended while trying to cross the border into the U.S. to look for jobs; attempting to leave Canada was illegal.During the First World War, a growing sentiment against “enemy aliens” had manifested itself amongst Canadians. The British government urged Canada not to act indiscriminately against subject nationalities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were in fact friendly to the British Empire.
However, Ottawa took a hard line. These enemy-born citizens were treated as social pariahs, and many lost their employment. Under the 1914 War Measures Act, “aliens of enemy nationality” were compelled to register with authorities. About 70,000 Ukrainians from Austria-Hungary fell under this description. 8,579 males and some women and children were interned by the Canadian Government, including 5,954 Austro-Hungarians, most of whom were probably ethnic Ukrainians. Most of the interned were poor or unemployed single men, although 81 women and 156 children (mainly Germans in Vernon and Ukrainians at Spirit Lake) had no choice but to accompany their menfolk to two of the camps, in Spirit Lake, near Amos, Quebec, and Vernon, British Columbia. Some of the internees were Canadian-born and others were naturalized British subjects, although most were recent immigrants. Citizens of the Russian Empire were generally not interned.
Commemorative statue and damaged plaque at the “Ukrainian cemetery” of the Kapuskasing Internment Camp; Kapuskasing, northern Ontario
Commemorative stone at the Saskatchewan Railway Museum, formerly “Eaton Siding” near the Eaton Internment Camp, one of twenty-four, where 8,579 civilians were interned. It reads “Fortitude. To the memory of those who were interned at this site during the Great War. Eaton Internment Camp 1919.”
Many of these internees were used for forced labour in internment camps. Conditions at the camps varied, and the Castle Mountain Internment Camp where labour contributed to the creation of Banff National Park — was considered exceptionally harsh and abusive. The internment continued for two more years after the war had ended, although most Ukrainians were paroled into jobs for private companies by 1917. Even as parolees, they were still required to report regularly to the police authorities. Federal and provincial governments and private concerns benefited from the internees’ labour and from the confiscation of what little wealth they had, a portion of which was left in the Bank of Canada at the end of the internment operations on June 20, 1920. A small number of internees, including men considered to be “dangerous foreigners”, labour radicals, or particularly troublesome internees, were deported to Europe after the war, largely from the Kapuskasing camp, which was the last to be shut down.
Of those interned, 109 died of various diseases and injuries sustained in the camp, six were killed while trying to escape, and some — according to Sir William Dillon Otter’s final report — went insane or committed suicide as a result of their confinement.
Did you know that there is a Civic Election coming up in October?
Vancouver will be electing a new mayor and:
- 10 councillors for Vancouver City Council
- 7 commissioners for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- 9 school trustees for the Vancouver School Board
I have decided to run in this election as a Vancouver City Councillor.
My campaign slogan is “Clean, green, with an accessible scene.”
My new website is www.elkeporter.com
I am hoping to tackle affordable housing, like everyone else, but my ideas are to use creative space ideas, such as modular housing, laneway housing, tiny housing, wood houses, shipping crate homes, wood pallet homes, hemp concrete homes, co-op housing, prefabricated housing or micro homes like those found in Japan.
Solving housing & homelessness challenges around the world:
How about this idea from Hawaii: Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 153 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island. Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 153 currently homeless families with children on Oahu. When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.
Or flex-housing: housing that could be easily adapted to meet the present and future needs of the occupants. Adaptability will become increasingly important as our population ages. As lifestyle changes, and as we witness an increase in home-based activities and new technologies.”
Solving homelessness: (various countries, such as Finland tried this). The optimal solution, a group of four experts appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland found, was Housing First. “Solving social and health problems is not a prerequisite for arranging housing,” they observed. “Instead, housing is a prerequisite that will also enable solving a homeless person’s other problems.” One of those goals was to cut the number of long-term homeless in half by producing 1,250 new homes, including supported housing units for tenants with their own leases, and around-the-clock presence of trained caring staff for residents who needed help.
Germany solves homelessness in Munich: Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, conditions are comparatively good; public support, partly in co-operation with charities, helps to alleviate the plight of the homeless. Among the numerous general facilities for the homeless are centres and overnight accommodation specifically for women (with or without children); residential establishments for ex-prisoners and those in danger of committing offenses; live-in communities with supervision; rehabilitation centres; tea houses; advisory centres; short-term sleeping accommodation and employment offers; therapy centres for addicts etc.
Helping homeless in Korea: The Korean Homeless Team is managed by the street paper Big Issue South Korea, a social enterprise that is part of international street paper network The Big Issue. One of the enterprise’s permanent activities is street football, titled The Homeless Healthy Football League. Its impact is two-fold. It encourages homeless people to regularly exercise and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness about homelessness and shows people in Korea that homeless people can play football, and consequently work and live just like any ordinary person.
Allowing homeless to shower daily: Project WeHOPE, a homeless non-profit in San Mateo, California, is crowdfunding a new type of facility for its clients: a customized trailer that comes with showers, a washer/dryer, and bathrooms. The trailer has an accessible ramp, a small hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, and its own tank for grey water collection. Once it’s built, WeHOPE plans to take the trailer to encampments in the San Mateo area, including in Half Moon Bay where many homeless migrant workers live on the beach.
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