SCHOEN, Walter




Author Tags: Local History

DATE OF BIRTH: March 2, 1931

PLACE OF BIRTH: Czechoslovakia

ARRIVAL IN CANADA: June 1939

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: same

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Sudeten

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Retired English teacher

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

The Tupper Boys, a History of the Sudeten Settlement at Tomslake, BC
(Trafford, 2004).

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Walter Schoen was born in the Sudeten area of what was then Czechoslovakia. His parents were active in the anti-Nazi movement so they had to flee when the area was ceded to Hitler by the Munich agreement in 1938. Schoen started school in the Sudeten area, then came out with his parents via Denmark to Tupper, BC, in 1939 where he completed Grade 8 in a rural school, then high school in Dawson Creek. He obtained his MEd at UBC and taught in secondary schools from 1955 to 1988. He is married and lives in Dawson Creek. BC.

[BCBW 2005] "Local History"