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Sanger, Clyde.

Toronto, Stoddart, c 1986. 266pp, cloth, $24.95, ISBN 0-7737-2072-3.CIP

Grade 10 and up
Reviewed by Louise Dick

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

The story of the Unitarian Service Committee's founder and director for thirty-six years is at once a biography of Lotta Hitschmanova and a history of USC Canada. Because of Lotta's ill health, Sanger had to rely on research and interviews with her colleagues in Canada and abroad. His evident enthusiasm and admiration for his subject (Sanger is a director of USC) and his background in journalism and foreign aid have produced a story that vividly communicates Lotta's forceful personality and dedication.

Lotta's secure life in Prague was shattered by the war that left her homeless, and ultimately an orphan. In 1942 she arrived in Canada, and almost immediately started trying to alert Canadians to problems of European war victims. The USC, which she organized in Canada, started with European relief work and expanded to relief and rehabilitation programs in Korea, India, the Gaza strip, and Vietnam. Details of the successes and frustrations of Lotta's efforts reveal a remarkably capable, persistent, and brave individual. Sanger completes the USC story by describing the recent shift in emphasis from small projects, with close personal contact, to larger integrated community development schemes.

Lotta's story has interest both as an example of the impact of one individual's vision and effort and as a chronicle of specific relief work. Sanger provides some footnotes and appendices related to USC leadership and finance, but no bibliography. There are two eight-page sections of black-and-white photographs.

Louise Dick, Branksome Hall School, Toronto, Ont.
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