We are nearing an almost perfect summer, as far as I am
concerned, with days that are not too hot, and nights that let
one sleep without an air conditioner running. You might have
noticed that we took a month off to enjoy an extended holiday.
When we did meet up with the community it was always fun. To the
beach we only managed to go once because it was simply not hot
enough for us. On top of a sand dune it needs to be 30 degrees
Celsius, or the wind is too chilly. Maybe there will be an odd
hot day in August or September to let us enjoy our favorite spot
on Lake Erie. The front page is a picture taken from our vantage
|1:0 Germany - a jubilant
crowd at the Hansa Haus [photo supplied by Ekko
I know we all enjoyed the Soccer World Cup Games and especially
the fact that Germany took home the ultimate trophy. That last
winning goal has made soccer world history. We watched and went
to as many games as possible and just marveled at the many
interesting stories the World Cup provided, but the most
fantastic one has to be the German story.
And while it is already older news it has to be said that not
everyone was happy to see the German team do so well, In
Belleville a radio commentator felt that the German team
reminded him of Nazi Germany. Obviously these kinds of comments
are NOT politically correct and thus a non-German individual
wrote a brilliant letter to his website educating this misguided
commentator in the error of his ways.
Upon request I will email the “correcting” letter to anyone who
wants to know.
In the past the German Canadian Congress would have responded to
this blatant misrepresentation of the German team and the
“feelings” it evoked in a person with a public forum available
to him to pour yet again oil onto an old and long extinguished
fire; or so we thought and have a right to expect. The newest
version of the Congress however just promotes German culture
with links to Germany’s official offices like consulates,
embassy’s and Goethe Institutes and thus is more a German German
Congress, not a German Canadian Congress. I guess the idea is
that German Canadians have no point of view worth commentating
on or defending anymore. That is very sad. Last year was a
perfect opportunity for the Congress to spring into action when
a German farmer, whose family got the land title guaranteed
forever by King George V. was bullied out of his land by the
Trenton airport. The mainstream Media reported for days on this
story, non-Germans tried to rally to the cause to preserves some
Where was the Congress then? The last two presidents lost all
momentum created by their predecessors by not being active in
the office they were elected to; and so far it looks as though
the current board is also not motivated to “speak for us”, the
German community, as the past mission statement used to say.
This Congress apparently does not even have a mission statement,
as far as can be seen.
As a founding member of the German Canadian Congress Ontario and
a past long time board member I feel I have to state my
disappointment together with a lot of other people. The German
Canadian community is shrinking incredibly fast and any
organization that is claiming to represent us better do
something fast and become active if we want to keep our presence
known as valuable contributing members of Canadian Society, not
by borrowing news from Germany but by actually being involved in
the community. Some board members are, but we have not heard
anything in the last few years about much, if anything.
Echo Germanica has been very active in reporting on local
concerns in print and online, as no one else has. And we shall
continue as best as we can.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Sybille Forster Rentmeister