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Letters from the Lost

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


On 15 March 1939, Helen Waldstein’s father snatched his stamped exit visa from a distracted clerk to escape from Prague with his wife and child. As the Nazis closed in on a war-torn Czechoslovakia, only letters from their extended family could reach Canada through the barriers of conflict. The Waldstein family received these letters as they made their lives on a southern Ontario farm, where they learned to be Canadian and forget their Jewish roots. Helen Waldstein read these letters as an adult -- this changed everything. As her past refused to keep silent, Helen followed the trail of the letters back to Europe, where she discovered living witnesses who could attest to the letters’ contents. She has here interwoven their stories and her own into a compelling narrative of suffering, survivor guilt, and overcoming intergenerational obstacles when exploring a traumatic past.

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“Strikingly, the post-war correspondence in the collection, a series of five letters written by one of Wilkes’ only surviving relatives, describes life in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, the fates of the individuals whose voices are preserved in the previous correspondence, and his attempts to rebuild his life.”

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“A fascinating collection of letters and assorted photographs, maps and charts woven together by Wilkes' descriptive narrative. ... Anyone who writes this type of book will always wonder if justice was done to the memory of those who perished. Wilkes need not worry on that score.”

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"Reading the letters, we accompany Wilkes on her journey of discovery. We laugh when she laughs, we despair when she despairs ... the courage and dignity of the lost relatives is what remains foremost in the reader's mind. By allowing us access to a dozen specific individuals, Wilkes has managed to put a human face on an almost unfathomable statistic."

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Since receiving her Ph.D in French Literature, Helen Waldstein Wilkes spent 30 years teaching at every level in Canada and in the U.S. Her research interests include cross-cultural understanding, language acquisition, and neurolinguistics. Now retired and living in Vancouver, she is actively examining her own cultural inheritance and its impact.

 
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Great Women Leaders

Second Story Press | Women's Hall Of Fame Series


Since the days of ancient Egypt, women have demonstrated their skills as leaders. The last copule of hundred years, however, have seen increasing numbers of self-made women of distinction take their place on the world stage, many in positions of leadershi

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The book continues the series' work of filling in the gaps of traditional history with the stories of influential women.

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For ages nine to 13, but should prove fascinating to women of any age.

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Ball writes with enthusiasm and interest and makes each life real and appealing for both elementary and secondary students.

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Heather Ball is a professional writer and editor. She has written three other books in the Women’s Hall of Fame Series: Remarkable Women Writers, Magnificent Women in Music, and Great Women Leaders, which was named an American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Read for 2005.

 
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Mother of the Regiment and Other Remarkable Women of Newfoundland and Labrador

Flanker Press


An advocate for veterans, a photographer, a writer, a suffragist, an opera singer. Five remarkable women who pushed boundaries and made a difference at the turn of the twentieth century. But history then was about men, and no one wrote about these women. Their stories faded from memory and then disappeared for decades. Here now are those stories.

May Furlong — Advocate for Veterans

Elsie Holloway — Photographer

Lydia Campbell — Writer

Armine Gosling — Suffragist

Georgina Stirling — Opera Singer

Five biographies detailing the ambition, intelligence, compassion, and grit they all shared. The obstacles they overcame, the tragedies they endured, the incredible success they achieved. Discover how May Furlong, Elsie Holloway, Lydia Campbell, Armine Gosling, and Georgina Stirling pressed against the social norms of a century ago and helped change life and attitudes in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Susan Chalker Browne is a writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her other works include The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the young adult novel The Secret Life of a Funny Girl. Susan has won writing awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, the Cuffer Prize, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Competition. She is married to Dennis Browne, and they have four grown children.

 
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Un historien dans la cité

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa | Amérique française


À la fois témoin et acteur des grandes transformations socio-identitaires qui ont marqué l’Ontario français depuis la fin des années 1960, Gaétan Gervais est aussi connu à titre de créateur du drapeau franco-ontarien en 1975.

Les divers lieux d’enracinement de sa pensée sont étudiés depuis le Sudbury français des années 1940 et 1950, en passant par le contexte de mutations culturelles, politiques et historiographiques des décennies d’après-guerre. L’étude s’étend au contenu des écrits de l’historien ainsi qu’à ses interventions dans les sphères publique et gouvernementale de l’Ontario et de la francophonie canadienne, notamment au regard de l’éducation postsecondaire.

L’analyse fait ressortir les paramètres structurants de sa pensée et montre comment celle-ci opère dans l’espace propre au milieu minoritaire francoontarien. Elle fait apparaître l’historien comme l’une des principales figures énonciatrices d’une représentation identitaire axée sur une continuité référentielle avec la mémoire du Canada français historique.

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Un des penseurs les plus influents de l’Ontario

français a fait l’objet d’une «biographie intellectuelle» intitulée Un

historien dans la cité : Gaétan Gervais et l’Ontario français. Cet essai de François-Olivier Dorais demeure un jalon

majeur de l’historiographie de l’Ontario français, voire du Canada français. 

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« une plume alerte et élégante (…) une réflexion féconde (…) un ouvrage appelé à devenir une référence sur l’histoire intellectuelle de l’Ontario français, et de l’un des derniers grands penseurs du Canada français. »

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Alors que le lecteur pourrait s’attendre à l’un de ces ouvrages très académiques avec la lourdeur qui les caractérise, l’auteur, de par son style, clair et précis, et son intention première de partager sa lecture du cheminement d’un historien, parvient à stimuler et à soutenir notre intérêt pour cet historien marquant de l’Ontario français. (...) Le lecteur trouvera certainement beaucoup de satisfaction dans la lecture des nombreux extraits provenant de publications ou d’interventions de Gervais. (...) Pour conclure, cet ouvrage de Dorais devrait être un outil de compréhension de l’Ontario français pour toute personne qui vibre avec cette collectivité.

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Cette étude de François-Olivier Dorais, doctorant en histoire à l’Université de Montréal, ne présente pas l’homme, l’historien sudburois, mais plutôt sa pensée et comment elle a évolué au fil d’une carrière d’un demi-siècle pour influencer d’autres chercheurs et intellectuels ainsi que l’identité franco-ontarienne. (...) La pensée de Gaétan Gervais demeure d’actualité. La revendication de l’université de langue française continue et vit une autre étape critique. Le conseil de planification pour cette université, dirigé par Dyane Adam, doit déposer prochainement son rapport à ce sujet.

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L’étude historiographique que propose

M. Dorais dans Un historien

dans la cité, une adaptation de sa

thèse de maitrise, se veut aussi une

analyse de l’engagement

de l’intellectuel en milieu

minoritaire. «L’expérience

de la minorisation

et de la fragilité des communautés

minoritaires

pose chez les intellectuels

plus qu’ailleurs la

nécessité de justifier leur

existence dans l’espace et

dans le temps.

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Portrait d’un défenseur de l’identité franco-ontarienne 

Il n’y a pas que le Québec francophone qui est aux prises avec la question identitaire, la communauté franco-ontarienne de

même. Et qui cherche à prendre sa place dans la mouvance de la mondialisation. Il y aurait bien des avenues pour parler des

enjeux auxquels est confronté le fait français en Ontario. L’historien François-Olivier Dorais a privilégié la vie et

l’oeuvre de Gaétan Gervais une figure marquante du combat pour la défense de la francophonie dans la province voisine. Il

n’est pas connu comme il se doit au Québec. Un historien dans la cité rend justice à cet homme de droiture animé d’une ferveur

sans pareille pour que le fait français demeure bien vivant chez lui.

 

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François-Olivier Dorais est doctorant au Département d’histoire de l’Université de Montréal.

 
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Taking Aviation to New Heights

University of Ottawa Press


To chart the inspiring journey of Pierre Jeanniot is to trace the remarkable development of the air transport industry. In his youth, Jeanniot survived the bombing of Rome, the occupation of France, and was a witness to the Resistance in the Jura Mountains. In 1963, after the Sainte-Thérèse air tragedy and the threat of finding himself jobless, Jeanniot was inspired to create the famous Black Box, which has since become a pillar of aviation security. Under his direction, Air Canada chose the Airbus rather than the Boeing to renew its fleet, in the midst of a highly visible political crisis. Against all odds, Jeanniot also orchestrated the successful privatization of the airline. His visionary speech at Amman, delivered when he was at the helm of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), laid out modern aviation’s most urgent priorities regarding accident prevention, protection of the environment, and technological progress. A master of logistics, he successfully negotiated the impasse in the skies following the September 11 terrorist attacks and handled the many complications that came in their wake.

Pierre Jeanniot’s influence has been felt far beyond the aviation world. His longstanding desire to facilitate access to higher learning led him to participate actively in the founding of the Université du Québec. A skilled diplomat, he also helped to resolve political problems in Iran, Libya, North Korea, and the Middle East. Taking Aviation to New Heights is the story of a great leader who has left an indelible mark on his milieu. He has truly piloted aviation to new heights.

- This book is published in English

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Jacqueline Cardinal is a biographer and researcher at the Pierre Péladeau Leadership Chair at HEC in Montréal.

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Laurent Lapierre has held the Pierre Péladeau Leadership Chair since its inception in 2001.

 
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Astonishing Women Artists

Second Story Press | The Women's Hall of Fame Series


Discover the lives of women artists from the 16th century to the present day, such as the early feminist Artemisia Gentileschi, the adventurous Emily Carr, the flamboyant Frida Kahlo, and the brilliant Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Heather Ball is a professional writer and editor. She has written three other books in the Women’s Hall of Fame Series: Remarkable Women Writers, Magnificent Women in Music, and Great Women Leaders. She lives and works in Edmonton.

 
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A Woman of Valour

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


A Woman of Valour is the biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle, a French-Canadian woman who found love with a priest thirty-three years her senior. Against all social convention, they lived, produced three children, and built a life together after fleeing their village.However, after several years together, Bouchard’s husband ultimately chose to return to the priesthood, abandoning his family as a result. Through interviews and documentation, Claire Trépanier tells Bouchard’s story of survival while highlighting the history of women’s stature in Canada, and raising a question about the celibacy of Catholic priests.

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Claire Trépanier lives in Ottawa. Her interest in travel, teaching, and international development led her to participate in the conception and co-creation of the TV series Gens d’ici, Gens d’ailleurs, which aired on TCV Outaouais from September to December 1999. A Woman of Valour is a testimony to her admiration of women's resilience, courage, and dynamic spirit.

 
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A Metaphoric Mind

Athabasca University Press


Dr. Joseph Couture (1930–2007), known affectionately as "Dr. Joe," stood at the centre of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A profound thinker and writer, as well as a gifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an educational psychologist, one of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. His work challenged and transformed long-held views of Canada's Indigenous peoples, and his vision and leadership gave direction to many of the current fields of Aboriginal scholarship. His influence extended into numerous areas—education, addictions and mental health treatment, community development, restorative justice, and federal correctional programming for Aboriginal peoples.

With a foreword by Lewis Cardinal, A Metaphoric Mind brings together for the first time key works selected from among Dr. Joe's writings, published and unpublished. Spanning nearly thirty years, the essays invite us to share in his transformative legacy through a series of encounters, with Aboriginal spirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and their teachings, with education and its role in politicization, self-determination, and social change, and with the restorative process and the meaning of Native healing.

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“Joe’s encouragement was an important force in my own engagement with Indigenous issues. His writings strike me the way he did: they tell difficult truths in hopeful ways. You find yourself drawn into his vision—that the Northern European spirit of individualism will be able to join with the communal Native spiritualities to create an altogether new society.”

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Ruth Couture has authored research reports for the Mistissini Cree and, with Dr. Joseph Couture, for the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre and the Aboriginal Peoples’ Collection, Public Safety Canada.

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Virginia McGowan is adjunct associate professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She has been involved in applied anthropology research on the health and well-being of indigenous peoples for over twenty years.

 
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"Eine Familien- und Zeitgeschichte"

Der Autor Heinz Acker hat in zwei Welten gelebt: in seiner siebenbürgischen Heimat unter den Zwängen eines kommunistischen Regimes, und ab 1977 im freien Westen als Musiker. Mit erzählerischer Leichtigkeit geht Acker beiden Leben nach. Man folgt dabei den Spuren seiner siebenbürgischen Vorfahren und lässt sich von ihm auf erlebnisreiche Konzertfahrten quer durch die Welt mitnehmen, ein faszinierender Lesestoff für Freunde geschichtlicher Zusammenhänge und klassischer Musik.

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Heinz Acker wurde 1942 im siebenbürgischen Hermannstadt/Sibiu (Rumänien) geboren. Nach einem Musikstudium wirkte er in seiner Heimatstadt als Pädagoge, Orchesterdirigent und Musikrezensent. 1977 ließ er sich in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland nieder. An der Musikschule Bruchsal gründete Acker ein Jugendsinfonieorchester mit dem er große nationale und internationale Anerkennung erzielte. Er wirkte bis zu seiner Emeritierung 2005 als Prof. für Musiktheorie an der Musikhochschule Heidelberg / Mannheim. Für seine Verdienste als Pädagoge und Buchautor (Modulationslehre), als Dirigent und Komponist (vokal-sinfonischer Werke wie: "Heidelberg-Variationen", "Carmina selecta", "Sonnengesang des Hl. Franziskus" etc.) wurde ihm die „Staufermedaille“ des Landes Baden-Württember (2011) wie auch der „Kulturpreis der Siebenbürger Sachsen“ (2013) zuerkannt.

 
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Herzlich willkommen zu Wanderungen durch das Leben eines Tourguides! Heldentaten sind nicht zu erwarten, aber lustige Begegnungen mit netten Menschen, seltsamen Tieren und schrägen Vögeln.

 
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