Ruby McBeth: Witnesses of War

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The years of WWII in Germany are a tragic but also puzzling time in history.

The years of WWII in Germany are a tragic but also puzzling time in history. One wonders how a man like Hitler could have taken control of an otherwise civilized country. Two autobiographies, Night by Eli Wiesel and On Hitler’s Mountain by Irmgard Hunt, give us a glimpse of that time.

Eli grew up in Romania and was deported to Auschwitz, Germany, at the age of 15. His experiences, which he recounts in all their horrific detail, did not lead him to give up on life. In fact, Eli won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, “for his tireless efforts and his denunciation against violence, repression and racism”.

Irmgard grew up in Berchtesgarden near Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. His “normal” childhood included indoctrination by Nazi propaganda. She was actually quite happy to be a member of the Hitler Youth. She describes him as being something like the guides. Irmgard calmly tells his story of life during the war years. It was not until the end of the war that she learned of the atrocities committed by the Nazis.

Each of these writers struggled as young adults to come to terms with what had happened during the war. Each of the stories is fascinating to read. They might help us avoid being complacent when we hear disturbing stories about events in our own world.

COVID Boosters

When you receive your invitation to receive your third injection (a reminder if you are over 70), you can go to the Public Health Pavilion at 110th at their walk-in clinic. It is open Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the other days of the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ni ‘Pioneer WI

Cecil Lake WI (Nor ‘Pioneer) held their Annual General Meeting on Zoom on October 19. Their new leaders are Maya Wenger (chair), Jill Copes (secretary), Dawn Bellamy (vice-chair) and Gail Pugh, Sigrid Tobler and Judy Roste (directors). Nor ‘Pioneer WI sponsors the Cecil Lake Emergency Fund. It helps people who have medical needs or who are struggling in some other way. They usually organize a fundraiser for a community dinner, but with the COVID restrictions, they have to get creative. Good luck ladies – you have a great cause there.

No more farewell

Our region has lost two men who grew up in the Peace of the North. Malcolm Lucas, recently deceased in Selkirk, Manitoba, grew up in the Two Rivers area while Roger Hadland, who died in Vernon, grew up in Baldonnel. Everyone leaves their family behind in our region.

Country by car

At the end of October, Lorne and I took the Alaska Highway and came to Aiken Creek Road. We wanted to see where the small communities of Evergreen Acres and Hilltop Ranch are located. While many of the original settlers left for town jobs, the land map retains the names of these original communities.

We passed about six miles of woodland. After crossing the Blueberry River there was a stark contrast. The land was gently rolling with fields, ranch buildings, and cows. It reminded me of driving through the Chilcotin – a ranch separate from the world of commerce. This cultivated land continued to Beatton River Airport Road, near Buick.

Seniors Club News

Wendy Clayson tells me that Rob Trobak is the new treasurer of the Seniors Club. The ‘Club always meets for social times regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn lingo

Our term of the week is “email address”. Your email address is like a mailbox on the Internet, similar to a physical post office box. It has two parts: the first part is your username (like the mailbox number) and the second part is the domain name (like the post office address).

Word game of the week

Norwegian ships have barcodes so you can scan the navy on them.


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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