A German refugee story, with a challenge for Canada

Rita and Hanns may spend their days helping the most desperate and endangered people and countering the racism of right-wing extremists, but it would be a mistake to think this work makes them dour.

Embassy Photo: Jim Creskey
Rita Kantemir and her husband Hanns Thomae stop off in the Gatineau Hills during their visit to Canada. She is a former Green Party member of the German Parliament, and he recently retired after 30 years of heading refugees services for Berlin churches.
Jim Creskey
Published: Wednesday, 06/17/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Thursday, 06/25/2015 12:01 pm EDT

Many German children who grew up following the Second World War would ask their parents, 'What did you do in the war? Were you a Nazi?'

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