Last summer, Juri Klugmann, editor-in-chief of the Deutsche Rundschau emailed me to ask whether I’d be interested in submitting an article on Hutterites. I was aware of this German newspaper, as I’d communicated with him before.
With headquarters in Cannington, Ontario, the Deutsche Rundschau, is published bi-monthly and as its slogan indicates: “An independent voice for German speaking people everywhere. Politics, Business, Culture and Perspectives” each copy boasts a wide variety of interesting pieces, many with German connections – indeed, as the old adage goes: something for everyone. Also noteworthy are the stats: this paper has 80,000 readers in more than 140 countries on 5 continents!
So it was an honour to be asked to write an article for a newspaper with a world-wide readership. I’d like to be able to say, I wrote the article, got it edited, send it in and it was published, but I can’t. I can say though, that it was an interesting process.
I was assigned to work with Gisela Roger, of Winnipeg, who sometimes writes for the DR. I never met her personally, but we became acquainted through email – she’s a great writer, easy to work with, and endearingly generous! On the first leg of our journey, our work together was put on hold as I went to Europe. A few weeks after I returned, she went to Europe, and before we knew it the deadline for my article whooshed by.
Then I was informed that my article would not be published; instead Gisela would write one, based on my piece. Really strange! Confused and disappointed by this turn of events, I decided to be very candid about my feelings with the editor-in-chief and with Gisela. Both were not only professional, but very kind. Eventually we found common ground: it was decided that Gisela’s and my article, both on Hutterites, would be published in the Feuilleton (features) section of the March 2014 issue – Gisela’s piece is from a journalistic perspective and mine clearly with a Hutterite voice.
Gisela graciously allowed Dora Maendel and me to see her article before it was published. While I had a number of suggestions, it was Dora, with her writing and Hutterite history expertise who really helped polish the piece. In the end, Gisela asked if she could put her down as editor - a well-deserved honour!
Hence, I’m very grateful and delighted to share with you, that the Deutsche Rundschau March issue is now available. If you don’t have a subscription, single copies can be acquired for $5. http://www.deutsche-rundschau.com/drsites/ A yearly subscription costs $40.