This week, the new Lotta56sparks.ca blog has received its 1,000th visitor!
Sincere thanks to those who have dropped by to reminisce or learn something new about Lotta Hitschmanova, and special appreciation for those who have shared their own “Lotta stories” so others can learn about this inspiring refugee to Canada and the unique part she played in Canadian social history.
In case you missed them, here are the 5 most popular blog posts to date:
Sincere thanks to the Canadian Unitarian Council for raising awareness about the
blog in the lotta56sparks.ca . CUC’s January e-newsletter
I invite anyone with stories or reminiscences about Lotta Hitschmanova and what she meant to them to
, so others can learn about this great Canadian social justice pioneer. share them here
Thank you, David Rain
We started Lotta56sparks.ca on Lotta’s 107th birthday, November 28, not quite knowing how a blog dedicated to this humanitarian “pioneer” would be received.
Since then, over 700 individuals have visited the blog!
Sincere thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word, with a special nod to the
. Lost Ottawa Facebook group
Here are the most popular stories of 2016:
Sharing a Lotta story: “She loved to party.”
The most iconic – and confusing uniform in Canadian history?
NB: Part II to be posted in 2017, stay tuned. How did a Jewish refugee to Canada become a Unitarian “saint”? Part I.
56 Sparks St – Canada’s most famous address?
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.
Czechoslovakia, Humour, London, Lotta stories & reminiscences, Ontario, Ottawa, Portage la Prairie, Prague, Quebec, Unitarian connections, USC Canada |
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.”
Bermuda, Boston, British Columbia, Casablanca, Clyde Sanger, Czechoslovakia, France, Hamilton, Jewish roots, Lisbon, Manitoba, Marseilles, Montreal, Morocco, New York, Ontario, Ottawa, Portugal, Prague, Quebec, Refugees & Immigrants, Toronto, Unitarian connections, Unitarian Service Committee, United States, Vancouver, Winnipeg, WW II |