Dr. Lotta

We've collected some resource materials about Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova’s life and work, including links, articles, speeches, presentations and reminiscences about Lotta, as well as a  “Spirit Play” story designed for children.

Articles, talks and the “Spirit Play” story

“Bouncing Back and Moving Forward: Embracing Resilience, Rights and Respect!”, a presentation by USC’s Executive Director, Susan Walsh, to the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, January 21, 2005.

“USC Canada: still planting the seeds that Lotta first sowed”, a presentation by USC’s Legacy Gift coordinator, David Rain, to the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, April 19, 2009.

We've gathered together some photos of Lotta that span her career at USC Canada.
The gallery will appear here soon.

We've gathered some stories and reminiscences recounted by people who knew or remembered Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We hope you enjoy them.

And they called her The Atomic Mosquito” ….

Stuart Keate writes [1984]: “We referred to her as ‘The Atomic Mosquito’. She cut a dashing figure in newsrooms and rode herd on her newspaper friends. She examined copy closely – both editorial and art – and did not hesitate to chastise editors if her beloved USC was consigned to the inside pages of the paper.”

(from Clyde Sanger’s 1986 biography, “Lotta and the USC story”)

And we all knew the leader….

Lotta was a wonderful person – wonderful for her commitment and for her passion. She showed us all that anyone can make a difference just by pushing ahead to do so. I met her when she would show her excellent slides in Vancouver. I think I joined the Unitarian Church thinking in large measure that what the USC was doing gave the Unitarian Church its own small OXFAM, and we all knew the leader! It is wonderful that she is being honoured. (JM)

We've compiled some quotes from Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, covering a wide variety of topics, taken from some of her articles, speeches, interviews, radio and TV public service announcements from the 1950s to 1970s. We think they're still relevant (and fun to read) today.

Accepting the Rotary International Award for Human Understanding ….

Your organization and ours are truly walking on the same path. I completely share your belief that the little ones and the elderly must be given as much assistance, protection and love as possible…and thus we are all brothers and sisters, aiming at one single goal: to help make this torn, crying, bleeding world of ours a peaceful shrine for everyone – whatever his or her language, background or color.

Let us promise to remember this important gathering that has brought us together from many parts of the world…some of you will say that mine is a Utopia, and that may be so; but are we not on earth to make it a better, a kinder world for all?

With all our might we must avoid another holocaust, which would be a catastrophe. Instead of destruction we must aim at construction – and very little time is left….

(from Clyde Sanger’s 1986 biography, “Lotta and the USC story”)

We invite you to watch three short films celebrating Lotta's life and work.

Dr. Lotta's 100th

In 2009, on the hundredth anniversary of Lotta's birth, we created a  public service announcement featuring archival images from Lott'as life of service .  (We'd like to thank Kensington Communications for donating the time and resources to make this video.)

(Youtube - http://www.usc-canada.org/web/films-about-her-life)

If you're old enough to have watched Canadian TV in the 50s, 60s or 70s you probably saw Lotta's televised public service announcements.  We bet you remember her unique uniform and cap.  We invite you to watch a few of her most memorable PSAs.

If you're old enough to remember the 50s then you probably remember Lotta's voice on the radio.  She always ended her appeals with our address: 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa.  Her voice made this the best known address in Canada.  We invite you to listen (again) to her voice.

Born in Prague on November 28, 1909, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova came to Canada during World War II as a refugee.  In 1945, she founded the organization to which she would dedicate her life: the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada (today's USC Canada).

LottaHitschmanova tbnWhat's in a Name?

We’re called USC Canada because we started out way back in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee, founded by the energetic Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We’re still planting the seeds that Lotta sowed. Find out more about our founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.

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