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Who hates Canada? Not all Germans

June 1 1968

MAILBAG

Who hates Canada? Not all Germans

June 1 1968

MAILBAG

Who hates Canada? Not all Germans

RE Why Germans Find It Easy To Hate Us (Reports): As a rule I am not willing to let myself he dragged into an argument with Peter Lust whenever he gets one of his nagging spells. If, however, a distinguished magazine deems fit to publish his weird noises, I feel forced to react. Neglecting all informative, con-

structive and well-meaning articles in leading German papers but using instead the highly questionable method of selecting prejudiced criticisms mainly by extremist voices. Lust may “prove” as well that there is not only a “HatcCanada.” but also a “Hate-Andorra,” or a "Hate - Your - Garbage - Collector”

campaign going on in Germany.

ROLF HORN, INFORMATION OFFICER, GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL, TORONTO

* What do the kind-hearted Germans suggest we use to kill our seals — gas chambers?

HARRY R. MOFFAT, NANAIMO, IIC

* There is no “hatc-Canada” sentiment in West Germany. 1 believe that in this day and age it should be our common effort to create a better understanding between nations, rather than to keep up the division between them.

HENRY WEISBACH, TORONTO

* I am a young German presently living in the United States. I always liked Canada and since my visit there last year I feel even more for Canada. Peter Lust has proved that it is possible to give any impression if you just dig long enough in the wrong sources. Having lived in Germany all my life, I have never noticed any anti-Canadian feeling. WOLFGANG OS1NSKI, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

* The impertinent charge that Germans hate Canadians is utterly preposterous and obviously a deliberate attempt to sow hate where there is none. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have visited the Federal Republic of Germany, including West Berlin, over the past 15 years or so surely have learned that they are heartily welcome and held in the highest regard in my country.

HELMUT BENECKE, DIRECTOR FOR CANADA, GERMAN NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICE, MONTREAL

Peter Lust is a wiz at generating antiGerman sentiments even at the expense of truth, if need be. He can even quote sources, stooping to literary pornography to substantiate his claims. I lived in Germany for six years, 1955-61, during which time I taught and studied there. I have rarely, if ever, met any antiCanadian feeling and can honestly say that I could find 100 sources of antiGerman sentiment in Canada for every one that is anti-Canadian in Germany. And I would not even have to rummage around in the garbage-can.

J. THIESSEN, UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG

Peter Lust replies: “It is true that some of the papers / quoted have a limited circulation, but they are important because they are party papers of the neoNazi party (Deutsche Nachrichten and Deutsches Wochenblatt), or they are the organs of tightly knit pressure groups (Sudetendeutsche). On the other hand, Der Spiegel and Der Stern, wluclt dug up the Beck-Dorfer case, are mass-circulation papers. My article described West German newspaper articles critical of Canada. To keep the record straight: there are many influential West German papers that did not print material critical of Canada.”

Good guy & bad guys

May I congratulate your Photography Director, Horst Ehricht. on his particularly fine photos in your article on Edmonton (Montreal? Wrong. It's Edmonton). Ehricht not only has a sure eye for color, but his sense of balance, contrast and composition are superb. Analyzing his photos is like taking a course in photography all over again. Your liberal use of Ehricht's efforts illustrates

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C’mon, fellas, give back the Klondike

your grasp of what lifts a magazine into the realms of excellence. Few U.S. magazines approach Maclean’s in quality of photography, and none of them is as consistently outstanding.

P. H. C. WATSON, EUGENE, OREGON

* Edmonton’s new promotional image, based on the Yukon’s Klondike heritage, is a tragic story of misdirected civic enthusiasm that has no equal in Canadian affairs. Edmonton’s promoters have stolen the Yukon’s priceless Klondike historical resources. The Yukon’s colorful Klondike history, with all its roance, names, characters and themes, belongs to the people of the Yukon. But the Yukon can no longer use the words “Klondike Days,” for they have been copyrighted by thé Edmonton promoters. They now bill their city as “The Land of the Klondike,” despite the fact that Edmonton is closer to Lake Superior than it is to Dawson City. With limited resources, the Yukon has fought back. With the full support of the Yukon government, the Yukon Klondike Defence Force mailed out over 400 thousand letters to the citizens of Edmonton, stating in clear terms what their city’s promoters are doing to the Yukon’s budding tourist industry. To Edmonton’s everlasting credit, hundreds of its citizens rallied to the Yukon’s cause, but there were not enough fair-minded Edmontonians to stop Mayor Dantzer and his platoon of promoters. — D. LAMONT,

PRESIDENT, YUKON’S KLONDIKE DEFENCE FORCE, WHITEHORSE

Unbiased partisanship

Many thanks and appreciative chuckles to Blair Fraser (The Sudden Rise of Pierre Elliott Trudeau), for his masterpiece of unbiased partisanship, and an article that is, even for the non-Trudeauors, thoroughly enjoyable reading.

CAROL PARADIS, QUEBEC CITY

Answer for dinosaurs

Your Editorial, How February’s Crisis Strengthened the House, is a complete refutation of the claims of partisan dinosaurs who still think that whenever a minority government is defeated it should resign or call an election. In an era of many parties, this would make a mockery of democracy. A temporary alliance of hostile elements cannot provide stable government. Parliament today must be flexible in order to be functional. By calling for a specific stand, the Pearson regime asserted the supremacy of parliament over a partisan rump. F. A. LEWIS, HALIFAX

Whodunit: no mystery

In his book My Silent War, an extract from which appeared in Maclean’s (Kim Philby’s Silent War With The West), Philby insinuates that the “mysterious” murder of the Ukrainian freedom fighter Stepan Bandera at Munich in 1959 was perpetrated by the American CIA. The unmysterious facts were somewhat different, as became evident during the trial of the murderer in 1962. Bandera’s assassin was Bogdan Stashynskij, a Soviet citizen, and his murder weapon a hydrocyanic-acid-spray pistol. The same murderer had used the same weapon to kill the Ukrainian poet Lev Rebet at Munich in 1957. Stashynskij was convicted of both murders by the Supreme Court of Germany in 1962. The organization responsible for hiring the assassin of those

two Ukrainian patriots was the same one which engineered the murders of Simon Petlyura at Paris in 1926, Evgen Konovalets at Rotterdam in 1938, and Trotsky at Mexico City in 1940. Tovarisch Philby knows its name well: he still works for it!

(NAME WITHHELD), OTTAWA

* We feel that a traitor should not be accorded such coverage in a national magazine. Let us not make a hero out of him. To describe him as “a magnificent spy” almost makes him appear as an exciting character — possibly someone to be admired and imitated by today’s youth. - C. HEARD, R. COTÉ, P.

DANIEL, UNIVERSITY Ó.F ALBERTA, EDMONTON

All furs = cruelty

In a picture cutline accompanying your article on the seal hunt (Our 5,000 Human Victims of “the War of the Seals,” Reports), you say that “even” lynx pelts have been subject to the disapproval of humanitarians in the current campaign against cruelty in obtaining fur. I should like to point out that the taking of furs such as lynx is probably attended with more suffering than the seal hunt. The animal is caught by a paw, which is often broken in the process, and must endure pain, fright and thirst until the trapper arrives (often days later) to end its misery. Alternatively, it may chew off the paw and escape in a maimed condition. So far, no humane trap which kills wild animals such as lynx has been devised.

MISS S. J. STEVENSON, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR HUMANE TRAPPING, TORONTO

* There are, in fact, few furs that are not obtained through barbarous cruelty. Your whitewash won’t do.

MRS. DAVID SPRING, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Kidder was here

Re The Great Canadian Film Saga (Take 144): In view of the fact that every other production that actress Margo Kidder has been associated with recently, including TV commercials, seems to have been mentioned, 1 take it amiss that her participation in a lead role in the only existing regional drama series—CBC Montreal’s Teleplay—was not even mentioned, the more so in view of the fact that the current series comprises exclusively Canadian plays.

MICHAEL SINELNIKOFF, SENIOR PRODUCER, CBC MONTREAL

Pearson: remarkable record?

To your listing in The Remarkable Record Of A “Do-Nothing” PM (Editorial), I would add the following accomplishments: A flag that looks like a beer-can label. Presentation of a budget that had to be withdrawn and completely revised because it was so poor. An inadequate increase in old-age pensions for everyone, instead of giving more to those who need it. Insistence on introducing universal medicare over the objections of the provinces. Setting a precedent for inflationary wage settlements by interfering in the bargaining processes or by giving in to blackmail in the form of illegal strikes by public servants. In the face of rapidly rising prices, continuing to expand government spending and deficits, thus increasing inflation (almost 10 per-

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Pearson, Mao, Aesop, Green Hornet and zap! you’re dead

cent in two years!). Calling a leadership convention in the middle of a session of parliament. Allowing the government to be defeated through sheer ineptitude and carelessness. For all this we should be grateful to him?

E. BRIAN MARKLAND, MONTREAL

T In speaking of those who loved the Red Ensign, you ask, “Where are they

now?” I will tell you where we are — in British Columbia, on the Prairies, in Ontario and in the Maritime provinces, eagerly awaiting the election.

D. A. YOUNG, DEEP BROOK, NS

* The Pearson legislation you mention is hardly worth the paper value of Hansard in which the debates are recorded. Pearson has been called a “do-nothing”

prime minister because he failed to face the important national problems: conservation of our water and mineral resources, pollution control, saving our best farm land from encroachment by cities already too large, reduction of government spending, reduction of the freight rates which strangle our economy, promotion of secondary industries to create employment for our young people.

In fact, he did little to save Canada for CANADIANS.-G. BARRICK, WESTLACK, ALTA.

No UN seat for Mao

Escott Reid’s Argument advocating Canadian initiative to seat Mao Tse-tung in the United Nations is unworthy of his reputation as a distinguished diplomat and educator. He is proposing the humiliation and burial of those doughty Nationalist Chinese who believe in democracy and freedom. UN membership and Canadian recognition [of the Chinese CommunistsI could by no means promote understanding. The free world does not know much about Peking because Mao Tse-tung does not want it to know. One of the most worn-out excuses for accommodating the Chinese Communists is: “Gee! We shouldn’t ignore the 700million Chinese!” As if the 700 million Chinese are masters of themselves! Where were these pious humanitarians 18 years ago when the selfsame 700million were losing their freedom? Have these 700 million ever had an opportunity to choose from between the Maoists and revisionists? The world has yet to hear from the 700 million Chinese. And the Nationalist government on Taiwan does offer the alternative. Reid has been confusing bigness with greatness.—CIIU YUNG-CHING, SCHOOL OF HYGIENE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Aesop had a fable for it

Congratulations on your revealing article on Lloyd Percival’s case against the AAU (The Trials of Lloyd Perd val). I find the moral from one of Aesop’s Fables particularly applicable: “ Tis not a straw matter whether the main cause be right or wrong, or the charge true or false; where the bench, jury and witnesses are in a conspiracy against the pris’ner.”

J. PEMBROKE HATFIELD, MONTREAL

Anon identified

Jon Ruddy begins his article, Afraid Of Bad Breath? Why Be Only 99% Safe? (Reviews), with two lines he attributes to “Anon”: “Why reeks the goat on yonder hill — /Doth he not dote on chlorophyll?” These lines appeared many years ago over Richard Armour’s name, but in the following form: “Why reeks the goat on yonder hill/Who daily feeds on CHLOROPHYLL?”-P. G. HOWARD, HAY

RIVER, NWT

Pow! Justice shall prevail

In The Vicious New Order of (Pow!) Kiddie Cartoons (Reviews) Douglas Marshall voices the opinion that present-day cartoons are something horrific. I disagree. Don’t forget that a child does not realize when he sees someone powed, zapped or phoofed that he really dies in all the agonies an adult sees. Children belong to that pleasant state of things in which no one really dies — they just disappear for a time. Then let us consider the heroes of an earlier era — those of the radio serials. Were the Green Hornet or Inner Sanctum and the others any different? No, they were the same. Did they do any of us harm? No, I don’t think so. But they did something for me: they brought out a sense of justice and right that must be defended. To my mind, the danger of influencing children comes not from these camp cartoons, but from other sources. Remember. in TV programs right and justice prevail. But how about in real life? Perhaps we're trying to sweep away ineptitude in the wrong area.

R. JAMES KING, GLENCOE, ONT. ic