File 8 - How little Elke came to Canada.

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How little Elke came to Canada.

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(October 27, 1914-July 29, 2008)

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Susanne von Harpe (nee Baroness von Stackelberg) was born in what is now Tartu, Estonia in 1914. After school she worked in farming and housekeeping and In 1935 she married Ulrich von Harpe. In 1940 the family fled to Germany after Russian troops had occupied Estonia, settling in Schroda. On January 20, 1945 Susanne, Ulrich and their children fled West ultimately to Dotzum. On December 7, 1951 the family sailed to Canada arriving on December 23, and taking the train to their farm in Linwood, Ontario. Susanne spent many years traveling with her husband who was a sailor, and enjoyed painting and writing. Susanne died July 29th, 2008.

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A short story dictated by Susanne von Harpe's daughter Elke about their immigration to Canada. Susanne wrote down the story and illustrated it.

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Donated in 2022 by Dona Massel.

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Created by JB 2023.

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