of Alberta

Erwin and Magdalena Strempler fonds

Accession 2005.005

Title and Physical Description

Erwin and Magdalena Strempler fonds. – 2005. – 3 cm of textual records. – 19 photographs

Administrative/Biographical History

Erwin Strempler was born in Tilsit, Germany in 1934. Magdalena Enss was born in Tiege, Germany in 1934. Both were from Mennonite families. Erwin’s family was displaced to Bavaria in 1944 due to the advance of the Soviet army, and emigrated to Canada in 1952. Magdalena’s family fled to Denmark in 1945 and emigrated to Canada in 1949. They married in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1957. They had three children, Harold, Monica, and Leona. In 2003 they toured Germany to visit the places they had known in their youth.

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of “Looking to the Rock”, Erwin’s illustrated account of their tour of Germany. Includes Magdalena’s translation of the writings of her father Aeltester Bruno Enss and her mother Helene (Hintz) Enss, describing their experiences as refugees. Includes an informal portrait of Bruno and Helene Enss.

Source of Acquisition

Gift by Erwin Strempler, 2005


Accession 2005.005

Last updated July 2013 – Jim Bowman

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