Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 D Day Beaches

Wednesday, April 14, 2010: Sandra. D Day Beaches. After sleeping in and a fantastic breakfast of crepes with yogurt honey sauce and preiselberry syrup, we headed out to the coast to the Juno Beach Canadian Centre. This centre was organized with pairs of headsets and screens (they all worked!) depicting the historic context of Canada before and during WWII. The pairs of headset allowed for partners Dieter and Alexander, Karannina and myself to listen and discuss the information together - very effective when one partner has numerous questions. Karannina had questions regarding the early immigration policies of Canada, the economics of Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 and the great depression. I learned about the context of Germany before WWII and how the society needed a strong leader such as Hitler to provide hope. Did you know that Germany and Italy and Japan were allies? I am grateful for this learning centre. We then traveled to the Canadian Cemetery. Seeing row upon row upon row upon row of white crosses and stars with the age of death being generally no older than 24, the only question that comes to my mind is why? There must have been another alternative to this. This cemetery is proof that no one is a winner of a war. On a different topic, we ended the day with beachcombing - a passion for both Karannina and Alexander.

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