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Trapped in a Diamond
riage of his sister, when his responsibilities in Iran were considerably
reduced, Cyrus fulfilled his dream of leaving Iran for Germany where
his friends were waiting for him. They had gone to Germany before and
were encouraging him to do the same.
Europe in the 60s was an exciting land of opportunities, and with
the help of his friend, a colonel in the army who had a German wife,
Cyrus embarked on one of his great adventures full of expectations and
dreams. He traveled with the colonel’s wife and two young children,
one less than two years old and very fond of Cyrus. When they went
through customs, by accident or destiny, the little girl was sleeping in
Cyrus’s arms. The officer mistakenly believed Cyrus was the little girl’s
father and stamped the passport with a special permission, which al-
lowed him to stay and work in Germany. Opportunities, freedom, and
challenges were there for him. All that he wanted was there for him to
take, and he did.
He went to school and worked. He learned German and enrolled in a
technical school to become an aluminum specialist. He worked in an
aluminum foundry and was promoted to a management position within
a few months. He loved his position, but not his job. It was very hard,
working ten hours a day in a very hot environment. He earned good
money, but it was not what he wanted to do. An accident in the foundry
killed a friend, and that made him think that he should get out of that
dangerous job. A friend from Iran, Eric, had been with him in Germany
for a while but had decided to go to Canada where it was easy to emi-
grate. Unknown to Cyrus, Eric applied for his friend to go to Canada
also; he even signed the application forms, and in no time Cyrus found
himself accepted as an immigrant to Canada. It was November 1966.
Our children listened to his stories, fascinated by his experiences in a