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America: Only one of the families Heinz convinced to leave before the war wrote to him. When he decide to immigrate to America, they stopped corresponding with him. These betrayals increased his vulnerability and he came over with an ultra religious family. Heinz's job was to walk behind one of it's male members and carry his briefcase. It was not possible for me to ask how he broke away as I was terrified about his past vulnerability. He spoke without emotion and only once of this time in his life. Heinz worked in the Catskills at a holiday resort washing dishes. At night he was a bartender. He babysat the children of a rich Jewish divorcee. Heinz told this story many times as he laughed at the comedy of a dish washer being pursued by a rich woman. How would she explain to her family she wanted to marry a German? They will solve this problem. They will make him acceptable. They will make him a director. He woke out of this momentum as he was being fitted for a suit. Heinz escaped in the night. As each retelling of this story was ending, I emphasized as if it were a question, he had loved her children. Heinz would reply, yes, he had loved them very much. When the McCarthy era began, Heinz returned to Germany. He understood what had begun. Resistance forces had been communist. Answering the question of why he had left, Heinz spoke sharply. "Because I did not want to go back to f___ing prison.

GERMANY:Heinz arrived in Germany and applied to emmigrate     earned his passage working in a print shop, when machinery caught on fire a fifty dollar bonus was paid to the person who extinguished the fire, Heinz earned most of his passage with bonus money     unpaid work:disciplining his stepchildren     more unpaid work:convincing Christiane Pflug's mother to allow her to study in Paris 

CANADA: arrival June 13, 1954     unpaid work, pretending when meeting fiance of passenger who had seduced him that nothing happened     immigrants received nothing for free, June 13 found a place to live, June 14 found a job and began working/digging     CBC: began at the bottom of lighting department, strung a cable across ceiling of Maple Leaf Gardens without a net, years later directed Hockey Night in Canada in this building, the Canadian Dream?, rose to head of department     Heinz spoke only with directors not producers      with many hours of overtime he frequently slept a few hours on the sofa in the ladies washroom before the next work day began, looking back on his career in film making Heinz said his favourite work was in lighting    when his Volkswagen commercials received attention Ross Maclean recommended Heinz direct documentaries    alot of his work was sold to other broadcasters, CBC re-edited much of his work      1964-1966 directed for This Hour Has Seven Days, each sunday evening the nation tuned into this original current affairs program, Heinz was proud when he walked past a fire station and he could hear the firemen inside were watching the program     trying to film in a prairie winter was challenging, the camera froze if used for more than a few minutes, after the work was aired the Prime Minister called Heinz to say the farmstead of his childhood was exactly as he recalled it, truth be told it was so cold and directions vague, they filmed what they could      editing film in the 60s meant going straight through from beginning to end, if a mistake was made then the work had to be started again, many long nights     management told Heinz to become a Canadian citizen, previously he had too little money now too little time, in his swearing in ceremony the citizenship judge recognized Heinz's name, he had watched the program the evening before, Heinz was not asked questions about Canada's history, instead they discussed This Hour Has Seven Days     management told people working on the program they would be sent for psychiatric assessment, Heinz refused, he had to speak with one of the higest in the CBC, he explained it was not right to pressure people in their place of employment, the big boss agreed and suggested he make a documentary about this, he did, women were asked sexual questions at the assessments           the program was cancelled     BBC requested Heinz work for them, he sailed his boat that summer then moved to England, he gave his sailboat to people who loved her but could not afford to buy her