By Anna Fisher
Trafford Publishing, Bloomington, Indiana, 2009, 166 pages, softcover.
Anna Fischer's 2013 book is Looking Back.
The beginning of my story starts with my Great-Great Grandparents from Germany during the1800s, and immigrating on foot and by wagon to Russia. The hard working settlers were determined to make
Rosa (Diede) Kopp with her family in the barracks of Siberia.
Fred Fischer Family Homestead near Horsham, Saskatchewan.
this their home. Before long small villages were formed. The unsettled times arrived during Stalin’s reign in World War II, leaving thousands of families hungry and starving.
Anna Fisher writes, "My childhood memories are of fear and poverty in my hometown of Johannestal. Living under the Communist Regime, struggling with the day to day brutality which was bestowed on the German people. Men, women and children being sent off to Siberia to hard labor camps, often never to be seen or heard of ever again. Going through the times of food rations for a whole day of work. During Hitler’s rule, times were starting to look better but before long Germany was in trouble."
"In 1944, we were ordered to pack up our belongings and leave our homes. The villagers traveled the country side on foot, one by one, on the long wagon trail to West Germany. We landed in the small town of Creglingen where we made our new home. World War II was in full swing, where my brother was drafted. In 1945, Germany lost the war. With the war over, we located missing family members, and now I was off to a fresh new beginning on Canadian soil."
Anna Fisher was born in Johannestal, Ukraine August 12, 1926. This is where I called home until 1944. During World War II, we fled to the West and arrived in Poland, from there we were transported by train to West Germany. In 1951, I immigrated to Canada settling in Medicine Hat, Alberta. On August 12,1955, I married Frederick Fischer, moving to Horsham Saskatchewan where we farmed. After the death of my husband in 1969, I moved back to Medicine Hat with my four children where I still currently reside.
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