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October 2007 - Nr. 10


The Editor
Freiheit zur Einheit
Freedom to Unity
Raising of the German Flag
Paul Bernhard Berghorn
Dan's Satire
Frankfurt Celebrates Toronto
Down On The Town
KW & Beyond
German-Canadian Citizenship Law
The Sale of Depression
New Kasseler Store
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Dance Classes for Children
A Spanish Fantasia
Newfoundland's Duo Concertante
November Listings
The Whirling Dervishes
Renewable is Doable

German National Holiday Celebration in Toronto

German Consul General Holger Raasch addresses the public This was the second year in which Ontario’s Provincial Government honoured relations with Germany at an official Flag raising event, presided over by Tony Ruprecht, MPP, at Queens Park on October 3rd, 2007. Consul General Holger Raasch was surrounded by some of his colleagues from the consulates of Malta and France. Attending dignitariesThere were representatives from some local German organisations and a slew of media representatives, as well as quite a few other citizens, more than last year. All surrounded the freshly painted flagpole, which now was a fitting fixture for the proud black, red and gold colours of Germany.

MPP Tony Ruprecht & German Consul General Holger RaaschBoth Tony Ruprecht and Consul General Holger Raasch pointed out what a special moment this was and how the German community in Canada deserves to be celebrated for German student about to sing both anthemsits contributions to this nation. Equally wonderful is the knowledge of having an unnatural boarder gone from the midst of Germany. The Day of Unity has this name for just that reason.

Raising of the Flag

On this very evening a reception at the location of the future consulate location was held to commemorate the historic background of this monumental event that held such promise for so many. Surely, there are as many points of view as there are people that actually experienced those days. For us here in Canada it was euphoric in a sense that was not quite real. The Goethe Institute held a Forum with history professors from around the globe. A French Professor was worried about the words being used and how careful one has to be about what to say.

Words? My word: We are making history and are not writing a chanson - that was my sentiment.

Just the night before the wall fell I had written to my cousin in East Germany and told him to demand that the wall be opened and the next morning I heard to my surprise that it had actually happened. No one knew how. In fact, this was not known until much later.

The important thing is that it did happen, even if not everyone is happy with the details of the result. A lot of good things resulted from it.

To read the Consul General's full speech and see more pictures go to, where 2 weeks after publication you will find a completed version of Echo Germanica.

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister


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