Heinz Mueller, One Life in the
20th Century . truly one very special life in the 20th century.
My father is Heinz Mueller, a beloved and respected individual in
both his personal and professional life. When my dad first mentioned
that he wanted to write a book. I encouraged him. Of course I should
have known that this would soon become an all-encompassing project
which would be completed in record time. He simply sat himself down
and started remembering and then writing and writing and writing.
What has resulted is a wonderful gift to all of us in the family and
a treasure chest of Dad's scribbling. which will grow even more
meaningful as time goes by.
Sweet memories of a lovely
childhood in Zoppot are recalled and then evolve into painful
memories of World War II. Some of the stories I can remember having
been told in my own childhood but the horror of seeing them in print
makes me wonder how anyone could survive such a brutal youth. There
is no self pity in these recollections, they are simply stories of
what happened along the way. So many people have experienced this
type of horror in their lives, some are crippled forever by it but
many go on to live happily as Heinz does. I find this very inspiring
and humbling as a child who has had a much easier road to adulthood.
Immigration to Canada, early
memories of Toronto and the beginnings of starting Wholesale
Lettering & Carving. Light, amusing memories of an immigrant
starting a new life and a new business in Canada and all told
without a mention of the long days and late nights, stress and
strain involved in the creation of the largest granite memorial
producer in Canada. This is because he loved his trade and had a
true desire to improve the industry. It was never just a job. Along
the way there are cottage tales, children growing up, the pain of
divorce, eventually a new happy marriage and lots and lots of great
vacations! Travel and history have always been two of my dad's
favourite loves. in combination, they are unbeatable. Now that he is
retired there is more time for Victoria and travel, watching .the
birds. or doing something different like writing this book. My
father's love of life and never ending optimism come across strongly
in his writing and I thank him for sitting down and putting his
memories on paper.
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