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Remembrance Day Through My Camera Lens

sai wan war cemetery hong kong

The Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong where many Canadian soldiers are buried. 

isaiah 2:4 at the united nations in new york city

Swords into plowshares wall at the United Nations in New York. 

atomic bomb dome hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Japan

memorial-to-conscientious-objectors-winkler

Conscientious Objector Memorial Wall in Winkler Manitoba

the disappeared paul epp ukraine

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

guide showing land mines cambodia

Tour guide at a land mines museum in Cambodia. He lost his arm to a landmine 

stumbling stones in frankfurt

Memory stones for Holocaust victims in the sidewalk in Frankfurt Germany

wars-dread-of-mothers-by-george-roualt

 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. 

arizona memorialA memorial for the 1,177 men on board the Arizona when it sank during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. aida camp palestineWoman in a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem

Other posts……

Those Who Went to War and Those Who Didn’t

De Ja Vu at the United Nations

Sleeping with Torpedos

 

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Remembering……….

Today I am remembering……….

grandpa peters in army uniform

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. 

abe dick, gertrude unrua enns, heinrich enns, peter ennsMy 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. opa driedger white armyMy 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. 

Other posts…….

Heinrich and Gertrude Enns

Autographs From a Conscientious Objector Camp

A Statue to Women Soldiers

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10 Remembrance Day Images

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.

Photo I took at the Killing Fields in Cambodia

 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

Photo I took of a tricycle at the Peace Museum in HiroshimaA rusty tricycle sits in one display case. It belonged to a three-year-old boy who was riding it when he died. His father buried the tricycle with his son in his family’s front yard on August 6. Because there were so many dead people in Hiroshima there was no time for proper funerals or burials.

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.

Photo I took of my husband Dave looking at the names of the 1,177 men who died on the USS Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor

 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

Photo I took at the reflecting pool at the 9/11 memorial in New York City. The terrorist attacks resulted in the deaths of 2, 996 people.

 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 commerates therecognize 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.

 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.

Photo I took of a woman in the armed forces statue on Winnipeg's Memorial Boulevard. More than 100,00 Canadian soldiers died in the two World Wars.

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 picture of me in Tiananmen Square in Beijing outside the tomb of Mao Zedong. It is believed his Cultural Revolution resulted in the deaths of some 30 million people.

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.

Photo I took of a Vietnamese mother sending her son off to war in the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi. It is believed as many as 2 million civilians and soldiers died as a result of the Vietnam War.

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.

Photo I took of stumbling stones in Frankfurt Germany. They are placed outside the homes of people who died in the Holocaust. 11 million people died in the Holocaust.

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 soldiers tomb in the Sai Wan war cemetery in Hong Kong.  288 Canadian soldiers are buried there.

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

 

Other posts…..

Sleeping with Torpedeos

Sai Wan War Cemetery

Tiananmen Square

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