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Chair in German-Canadian Studies, University of Winnipeg

  • GCS-Chair
  • Corporate body
  • 1989-

The Chair in German-Canadian Studies was established in 1989 with a grant from the Secretary of State's Program for Canadian Ethnic Studies and with a grant from a group of private philanthropists within the German-Canadian community of Winnipeg. It is affiliated with the History Department at the University of Winnipeg.

Monika Gampenrieder

  • Person
  • ? -

Monika Gampenrieder (?-) is the daughter of Alois Höpfl (1902-1961), who migrated to Canada in 1927, where he took odd jobs before coming to the Little Britain community. He stayed a very short time before moving on to other provinces, and eventually returning to Germany in 1938. He married in 1940 and Monika was born sometime after.

Schneider/Snyder Family

  • schneider
  • Family
  • 1897-

Frederick C. (Fritz) Schneider was born in Emmendingen, Germany in 1897. He served in the First World War before pursuing a doctorate degree in law at the age of 21. He graduated in 1920 from the Albert-Ludwig-Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In the same year, Mathilde (Thilde) Hölscher, born in 1895, completed her doctorate in medicine, also from the Albert-Ludwig-Universität. The two married in 1921 in Herne, Germany, where Thilde was born and raised. In 1922 Thilde gave birth to their eldest son, Hans, followed by their second child, Fred, in 1925. In 1926, Fritz and approximately 20 other families made the group purchase of farmland near Lockport, Manitoba, Canada. Fritz, Thilde and their two children emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1927, where they co-founded the Society Farms and Little Britain community. In 1928, their daughter Marianne was born, and in 1929, another daughter, Edith. Marianne was tragically killed c. 1930-31 in a farm-related accident. Just a few months later, son Wilfred was born. The date of birth for Fritz and Thilde's youngest child, Norbert (Bert), is unknown. From 1939 to 1942, Fritz was interned in four different locations: in Kananaskis (Alberta), City Jail (Manitoba), Petawawa (Ontario) and Gagetown (New Brunswick). During this time, Thilde and Fritz both petitioned for hearings and his release. Sometime after he was released, Fritz and his family relocated to Quebec to start a business venture. An exact date for the name change from Schneider to Snyder is unknown, but likely took place during or shortly after the Second World War. Fritz and Thilde remained in Quebec until Fritz's retirement in 1977, when the two relocated to Mexico. Thilde died in 1980, and Fritz spent much of his time in Mexico, coming back to Quebec sporadically. He was residing in Quebec upon his death in 1992. Four of their five adult children have since died: Hans c. 2003; Edith in 2007; Wilfred in 2012; and Fred in 2013.

Sickert, Guenther

  • Person
  • May 16, 1928 - May 29, 2015

Guenther Sickert was born on May 16, 1928 in Ober-Mittelebersbach, Germany to Dr. Rudolf Sickert and his wife, Elfriede (Nicke). He is the oldest of five children, Christian, Magdalene, Gabriele, and Dieter. In 1932, the family moved to Neschwitz, Germany. In 1952, Guenter Sickert immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He married Gerda Worgull in 1958, who had come from Germany to begin a life with him. Together, the couple had three children, Helga, Rolf, and Ingrid (McManes). By 1962, Sickert had begun his career as a personal and small-business accountant. Sickert was an active member of the German-Canadian community in Winnipeg. He was a member of the German Society of Winnipeg since 1954, and throughout his life served as a Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and two terms as President. He supported associations affiliated with the club, and helped establish Camp Neustadt on Lake Winnipeg, Villa Heidelberg, and the Kildonan Park Witches Hut. He was awarded the City of Winnipeg's Citizenship Award and also the Federal Republic of Germany's Bundesverdienstkreuz for his contributions to the German-Canadian Community. Guenther Sickert died on May 29, 2015 at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 87.