~ *"Land of Freedom!"* ~
"O CANADA" is sung everywhere on CANADA
in this beautiful land,
as we German descendents join in singing this Canadian Hymn!
It is the home of our children, in this land of Freedom ...
for that alone, we will always be grateful to CANADA!
All of us see things much different here, than from abroad,
as our own people see things in the old country...!
Why this is, most of us here seem to know...
as since the end of war time, they're told to sing the same old
This everlasting eternal pain upon of our people ...,
we will get over it somehow, although many have found it very
For this complaint against all of our people runs deep, still to this
and for "some Germans", it became and will be like a stain of shame!
Collective guilt is taught to all our children "in our old Homeland
as all Germans seem to carry that heavy weight of burden,
By themselves, they can not do much or anything about it,
for they are powerless to admonish other culprits for their own
Here in this Canadian land, we all have the real Freedom to
for what is written in books and available in the archives
and that is
With more information we have the opportunity to get ever closer
whole truth ...,
a complete overview is left for all of us to examine all of
Many of our German descendants are already or have become Canadians
and they see the meaning of the word Freedom in a completely different
What our German people have gone through during the two world wars,
some of these sorrow experiences of mankind
are often not completely
known or declared.
If our own German people would only stick together more
and help one
Just as most other immigrants do so in this country!
Then we could maintain all important things to us, much better too,
Like our Customs, Traditions and our German language and our way of
We all should
think about it..., how important it is, in that sense,
and make an effort to honor our own ancestors even more!
Because our children will be very grateful for our efforts
one day in
as the children make their own way of life here, as Canadians.
Written by Hartmut Reinsch ©
(Homeland and Firefighter -Tribute
Toronto, Canada - 12 April 2002
my original German Language
into the English
in October 2012.