Like Lotta, these Jewish refugees made a lasting impact on Canadian society

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In a recent Ottawa Chamberfest lecture at the National Gallery of Canada, noted CBC radio host Robert Harris 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.

In many ways, their story echoes the story of Dr Lotta Hitschmanova, also a Jewish refugee who left a lasting impact on the social and humanitarian landscape of her adopted country.

The five musical icons were Helmut Kallmann, Helmut Blume, Franz Kraemer, John Newmark and Walter Homburger. Continue reading

Little known Lotta facts for a Friday: Lotta’s favourite musician

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Lotta Hitschmanova was noted for her incredibly long work days, and her unwavering devotion to helping people in far off lands. She did have one passionate hobby, however, music.

I used to play the piano, but I had to give it up, of course.

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