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The Immigration story of Peter Zahrndt (German Immigrant)

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English
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2016.215.1

Story Text: 

We, Peter and Rosalda Zahrndt, landed in Halifax on February 1965 after a nine day stormy winter crossing (really bad south of Newfoundland). The Berlin of the North German Lloyd did not have the Maple Leaf on board, which became the official flag on February 15, 1965. We were welcomed by my wife’s relatives, Cleophas and Marie-Jeanne Cormier from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Later in the day, we, with some 400 other immigrants, continued on the Canadian National train. Our destination was Bathurst, New Brunswick (Caraquet) to see the parents of my wife, Willie and Anna Chiasson. After three weeks we left for Montreal with Taxi Cormier. That’s when our life in Canada started. We lived for seven years in Montreal, had our two children there, Monica (1965) and Kevin (1967). I, Peter, worked in construction, while my wife worked at Eaton’s before becoming a mom.
In 1972 we moved to Caraquet, New Brunswick and remained there with two brief moves to Campobello, New Brunswick and Bathurst, New Brunswick. After working in the textile industry in Caraquet (Cirtex Knitting) for a number of years I became a Federal Fisheries Officer (1979) with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. I could do so, because in 1974 I had become a Canadian Citizen, dropping my German citizenship (a requirement at that time). This employment was for 25 years with postings in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, all the while maintaining a home base in Caraquet, New Brunswick.
At the time of writing this, February 2015, my 50th anniversary in Canada, we are retired and living in Caraquet, while our children are married and live and work in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California.