When the German prisoners learned about a Hutterite colony where people spoke their language, they lost no time acquainting themselves with them. The Hutterites were happy to make their acquaintance, since they hardly ever got a chance to speak German with non-Hutterites, but always English. So, with the bond of a commom language, coupled with Hutterite hearts feeling sympathy for the men who were kept in a strange land, they were warmly welcomed. Thus, this group of German men spent a lot of time at our colony, and the people who were here at the time still have very fond memories. It is for them, that I'm working on documenting this time in our colony's history.
While interviewing people I was able to learn some names:
- Ernst Werdermann (settled in Manitoba after the war)
- Kurt Sonntag
- Hans Schwarz
- Paul Schwarz
- Fritz Wanderberg (settled in Manitoba after the war)
- Hans Winter
I can't help wondering if some of these men are still alive, or if their families know about their time spent at a Hutterite colony. It would mean a lot to me, as it would certainly enhance my article, if I'd be able to add some former POW perspective to it.
When I decided to post this to see what the world wide web comes up with, I knew it was like trying to find a Deutsch Mark in the Rhein, but I thought it was worth a try anyway. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Right? For who knows what this post will mean for my research!
I'm hoping my readers will be kind enough to help me. If you have any German contacts, especially if they have the above mentioned surnames, could you please pass this post on to them? I would appreciate this very much and if anything developes, I will be sure to keep you posted. My heartfelt thanks in advance!
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