Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Changes In Treatment

Since the Holocaust there have been improvements on the treatments toward people of Jewish heritage.  Before the deaths of 6 million Jews occurred, in September 1941 Jews were required to wear a yellow Star of David in public at all times. This was to differentiate them from the "higher race" . On febuary 5 of the same year a law was made that stated if someone who is Jewish that does a crime would have to serve double time compared to everyone else. These laws were the start of something horrific. Hitler use these laws to make it okay for Jews to be treated differently, which soon turned into genocide. 

However after the Holocaust the newer generation are trying to correct passed mistakes made by their ancestors. On March 8 2005 the German foundation paid $3200 to each of 7000 victims exposed to "Medical" experiments performed by Nazi's. These victims were also paid $5400 previously to the $3200 payment.
The German foundation was created in 2000 to make payments to several categories of victims of the Nazi's.

At http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081227143643AAURoJ0 The question asked was how many Jews are now living in Germany. The answer was around 110 000 which is quite interesting that many can now live in a country that 6 million Jews died in not even 100 years ago.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Past Wars Reflected In Myself

 My four main backgrounds consist of :  German, Jewish, Cree First Nation, and a family of Cowboys.


The German's and Jewish populations in WWII suffered from the Holocaust. Many Jews were held in concentration camps, where many different sorts of torture occurred. This means that a quarter of my family would performing genocide and torturing another quarter of my ancestors. The Germans used the Jews As a scapegoat for all the misfortunes from the first World War. This picture is of Hiltler Saluting his army. His army performed most of the genocide and torturing to the Jews.

Many natives were killed due to cowboys coming to Canada and trying to change natives lives for "the better". Residential Schools were set up by missionaries to get native children to adopt christian and white ways. Some of my family were enrolled in these schools. One family member was killed beacuse he had severe stomache pains but could not explain it in English so the teachers ignored him. His appendix exploded and led to his death. This picture is of some native students outside a residential school, as you can see they are not wearing their original clothing but clothing adopted from caucasians.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My other Ancestory

I will start with the rest of my fathers side of the family, then I will go on to my mothers side of the family. My father's mother's ancestors came from Norway and Sweden. Many of my ancestors were cowboys, or ranchers. my great grandmothers uncle owned one of the largest ranches in North Alberta and possibly Canada. He drained the Kluscan lake in order to recieve 45 000 acres of land. At this ranch there were many head of cattle "At one point about 2 000 head of Hereford, shorthorn, and crosses grazed on this range" (Dika Livestock 25). This side of my family consists largely of ranchers.

My mother's, mom's side of the family is ancestor from Cree First Nation. Ancestors travelled by foot from around Edmonton all the way to Sturgeon Lake Reservation. My mother's father's side is mainly Jewish, however I do not know very much background from my mother's side, but these are the more important points.

So as you can see my background consists of 4 main different races from around the world.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

German Ancestry

My first few blogs will describe my own personal ethnic background. Then we will go on to see how my ethnic backgrounds in the past have had conflicts with each other.Weiss, my surname originated in Germany and is taken from my fathers side of the family. The description of Weiss from http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/w/bl_name-WEISS.htm is” A variant of WEISS, from the Middle High German "wiz" meaning white. Originally a nickname for a person with white skin or white hair. WHITE is the English variant of this surname ". My great grandfather, Adolph, is completely German, travelled to America with his brother in 1929 to San Francisco. From San Francisco they travelled to Mexico together and ran a sausage company for a few years. Then Adolph walked up to Canada to start a new life of trapping and farming. Shortly after he met his wife Josephine, who was also born in Germany, and gave birth to 7 children, one of which is my grandfather, Adolph Junior. Josephine Straub was raised in Germany in a house by the Rhine River. This house was two stories and on the bottom floor was where the farm animals were kept, while the family lived on the top floor. This floor plan helped naturally heat the house due to the heat escaping through the animals’ bodies and manure. This house is still standing today and is a tourist attraction, which shows how many Germans lived in the past.