In a recent Ottawa Chamberfest lecture at the National Gallery of Canada, noted CBC radio host traced the lines of a remarkable story: how five Jewish World War II refugees each ended up playing key roles in the development of music in Canada. Robert Harris
In many ways, their story echoes the story of Dr Lotta Hitschmanova, also a
on the social and humanitarian landscape of her adopted country. Jewish refugee who left a lasting impact
The five musical icons were Helmut Kallmann, Helmut Blume, Franz Kraemer, John Newmark and Walter Homburger.
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(June 20) has been established to help commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world. World Refugee Day
In 1942, a young Czech woman arrived in Montreal as a refugee from war-torn Europe. As she put it:
Lotta in Ottawa, 1943.
Lotta Hitschmanova is revered by many as a kind of “saint”, but she was as human as the rest of us, had a great sense of humour, and apparently in her early days, loved to party!
Here is a Lotta story shared by Heather Haas Barclay of London, Ontario, as she recalls the remarkable personal connection her parents had with Lotta.
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How did a World War II refugee, born into a Jewish family in Prague, Czechoslovakia, become a revered figure for
? Unitarians, a small liberal religious faith in Canada
The following is a brief response to this question, taken from Clyde Sanger’s 1986 biography, “Lotta and the USC Story.”
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