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    Victor Losa:  Oral History Transcript Summary

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Father Giovanni
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Camillo Bridarolli

Mr. & Mrs. Henry
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John Camarta

Domenico Chiarello

Joe Fabbri

Mario Grassi

Victor Losa

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Angelo Toppano

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  • Anglo-Saxon temperament, culturally, is cool, level-headed  [Victor gave this as a reason for the civil attitude toward the Italian community]  (Italians more excitable, culturally)
     

  • no societies before WWII; numbers didn't warrant
     

  • after - not organized, no ties.
     

  • Italian gatherings in those days never went beyond living rooms
     

  • Calgary had more - their numbers were greater
     

  • consul was in Edmonton because it was the capital city, not because of the numbers
     

  • dialect - (Losa hates "dialects") couldn't understand Friulani
     

  • during Fascism they were trying to downplay/abolish various dialects
     

  • now [1973] they're bringing them back & encouraging them
     

  • Italian organizations didn't fare as well as some other nationalities
     

  • education not as good as many other ethnic groups
     

  • only miners, common laborers; not professions until recent times
     

  • after 50 years in Canada, went back to Italy [~1965]  Not shocked by changes because he kept in touch, was informed, well-read.
     

  • never suffered nostalgia
     

  • considers himself thoroughly Canadian, yet keeps in touch with homeland, but without sentimentality (attributes this to his personal "strength of character")
     

  • would immigrate if he had to do it all over again
     

  • perhaps he would have gone to Vancouver, the Pacific coast because it's warmer, but he would have stayed in Canada - loves Canada - a rich country.

 

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