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  • Keywords
    • World War II,
    • Mennonites,
    • Russian Germans,
    • Nazi Germany,
    • Medical school,
    • Refugees,
    • Immigrating to Canada

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Escape to Paradise
by Edgar Pankratz

Theo Dirks was born in a Mennonite village in the Ukraine. During the Second World War, he and his family were exiled to Siberia, but through disastrous circumstances managed to escape and come back home. When the Germans arrived, Theo was drafted, first as a translator and then into the SS. In the meantime, his family was evacuated by the German Army, ending up in Poland, then East Germany. Theo found them there after being released from a prisoner of war camp. Fleeing persecution, they ended up in a Mennonite refugee camp and finally in Canada. Theo’s spotty education was a handicap he managed to overcome and to enter medical school. His life was full of amazing events that led to a remarkable outcome.

Edgar Pankratz was born in Katharinenhof, a Mennonite village in the eastern Ukraine. After World War II, he immigrated to Canada, where he worked in a printing plant. He completed his high school education and went on to medical school, where he specialised in obstetrics and gynecology, later focusing on reconstructive tubal surgery. Ed is now retired and lives with Frieda, his wife of 62 years, in Abbotsford, BC.


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