Introduction

Name

Lisa Vogt

Where I grew up

Burlington, ON, Canada

Where I am now

Burlington, ON, Canada

Favorite Classic Movie

Casablanca

A little about me

I'm a pharmacist, bibliophile, dog-o-phile, anglophile and deeply interested in World War II and the 1940's – probably because my Mom was born in 1940 in Berlin and her birth certificate and her mother's marriage certificate have swastika's on them. We watched a lot of World War II movies and history shows, as my Mom was very interested in that as well. And although her father died a month before the war's end on the eastern Front (MIA actually, but obviously died) we were always more interested in the Allies. When I was in my twenties, my Mom told me that my Oma had voted for Hitler (mainly because her parents, who were SDP'ers, told her on no account to vote for Hitler, and it was the first time she had voted and she was of an age to rebel) My mom also told me that my Oma had seen Hitler in a cavalcade in Berlin and she still sighed over him. ..'a beautiful man…' Those of us who have seen pictures of Hitler and have listened to his speeches (knowing no German) find it hard to believe that the majority of Germans were under his spell…but look at my Oma (a beautiful man???). About 15 years ago, when we were at her house having tea, my Oma, out of the blue, suddenly said 'Hitler was good man'. My mom and I looked at each other, aghast!! So my mom brought a book in German that had pictures of all the bad things the Nazi's did to the Jews, slave labour etc, and showed it to my Oma and a few weeks later (again, apropos of nothing) my Oma said 'Hitler was a bad man but he did good things' (she meant the autobahn, economically, etc NOT the genocide), so my Mom brought out the book again and 2 weeks later my Oma said 'Hitler was a bad man' Victory!!! She said she had had no idea of all the bad things that were happening then – mind you she went to East Prussia when the bombing of Berlin started and then ended up in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia at the war's end (where she was raped by the Russians and was given 24 hours to leave the country by the Czechs – and who could blame them?) Is it any wonder that I started reading World War II books when I was 7 years old? I did a school presentation on D-Day in grade 4 – with maps showing troop movements (!) – the teacher was very impressed (this was before the internet). I was then reading mainly books about the war in Europe but have since branched out on books on the war in the Pacific. I did my thesis in 4th year university on 'Pharmacy in World War II', – immersed myself in 40's big band music, read only books from the 1940's, and got to look at old Canadian Pharmaceutical Journals (I cheated and looked at the 1900's to the 1940's) – and each journal had a t least 4 pages on Soda Fountain recipes. Totally cool. Had a lot of fun, and got to do a phone interview with a pharmacist who joined the army and lost both legs and won a VC in France after D-Day. Very interesting. I started my own pharmacy in 2010 and wanted a soda fountain but, unfortunately, the store was fire-bombed a week before it's 4 month anniversary, and gutted in 2 minutes. I rebuilt but a year later I got robbed at gunpoint at the store, mainly for narcotics, and what with the PTSD, the store just went downhill and I had to sell it a loss. So no soda fountain, sigh….