The Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong where many Canadian soldiers are buried.
Swords into plowshares wall at the United Nations in New York.
Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Japan
Conscientious Objector Memorial Wall in Winkler Manitoba
The Disappeared a statue in Zaporozhye Ukraine. It commerates the nearly 30,000 Mennonites who died in the 1930s in Ukraine due to famine, war, execution, overwork in prison labor camps or being sent into exile in Siberia
Tour guide at a land mines museum in Cambodia. He lost his arm to a landmine
Memory stones for Holocaust victims in the sidewalk in Frankfurt Germany
Wars- Dread of Mothers painted by George Roualt nine years after World War I when his country of France was already involved in two new wars one in Congo and another in Lebanon. Seen at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
A memorial for the 1,177 men on board the Arizona when it sank during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Woman in a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem
Those Who Went to War and Those Who Didn’t
De Ja Vu at the United Nations
Sleeping with Torpedos
Today I am remembering……….
My grandfather Diedrich Peters who was forced to join the 167th regiment of the communist army in Russia when he was 21. His one brother was forced into service with the Germans and another with the Czarist army. Grandpa went through boot camp but when it came time to train with rifles he went to his commanding officer and said as a Mennonite with pacifist beliefs he refused to do the training. He was arrested and imprisoned, an experience he said was so terrible he could not talk about it. Eventually an army general, who knew and respected my grandfather, managed to arrange his release and sent him to work in the bakery. Grandpa eventually became the bakery foreman and with the help of two assistants baked bread for more than 60,000 soldiers.
My husband Dave’ grandfather Heinrich Enns (second from right) who was stationed in Moscow as a medic on hospital train #183 during World War I. He cared for the wounded as they were brought from the first aid hospitals on the fighting front to Moscow. In this photo Dave’s grandmother has come to Moscow to consult with her husband and her brothers-in-law about what to do about their family farm which Dave’s grandmother was trying to run herself while the men in the family served on the medical trains. By 1917 Heinrich and the other Mennonite medics were working day and night. They cleaned the trains to ready them for the next batch of wounded as they sped back to the front. My husband Dave’s grandfather Abram Driedger who nearly died of typhoid fever while serving with the Red Cross on the Caucasus front during World War I. He was assigned to pick up wounded soldiers on active battlefields and transport them to hospitals or first aid stations. He served from 1914-1917.
Heinrich and Gertrude Enns
Autographs From a Conscientious Objector Camp
A Statue to Women Soldiers
Here are ten photos I took in different places around the world that remind me of the human cost of war and the need for peace.
I took this photo at the Killing Fields in Cambodia. An estimated 3 million people died there at the hands of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979
While touring the Peace Museum in Hiroshima I took this photo of a three-year old boy’s tricycle. He was riding it when he was killed instantly along with 70,000 other people on August 6, 1945 the day Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
In Hawaii I took a photo of my husband Dave reading the names of the 1,177 men who died on the USS Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
I was at the reflecting pool at the 9/11 memorial in New York City when I took this photo. The terrorist attacks resulted in the deaths of 2, 996 people September 11, 2001
I took this photo of the statue The Disappeared by Paul Epp in Zaporozhye Ukraine. It commemorates 30,000 Mennonites who died in the 1930s in Ukraine due to war, execution, famine, overwork in prison labor camps or being sent into exile in Siberia.
I was walking down Winnipeg’s Memorial Boulevard and stopped to take this photo of a statue honouring Canadian women who have served in the military. 100,00 Canadian soldiers died in the two World Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945
My husband Dave took this photo in Tiananmen Square in Beijing at the tomb of Mao Zedong. His Cultural Revolution 1966-1976 resulted in the deaths of 30 million people.
While visiting the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi I took this photo of a sculpture of a Vietnamese mother sending her son off to war. 2 million Vietnamese civilians and soldiers died during the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975.
On a walk in Frankfurt Germany I photographed these stumbling stones in the sidewalk. They have been placed outside the homes of Holocaust victims. You are meant to ‘stumble’ over them as you walk and then stop and read the names of some of the 11 million people who died in the Holocaust between 1941 and 1945.
I took this photo of an unknown Canadian soldier’s grave in the Sai Wan war cemetery in Hong Kong. 288 World War II Canadian soldiers are buried there. Most died in a battle defending Hong Kong December 8-25, 1941
Sleeping with Torpedeos
Sai Wan War Cemetery