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Siegfried Beckedorf’s “Diamonds Everywhere” makes it on the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair’s list of to-be displayed books from October 10-14, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. The international event expects an estimation of 300, 000 guests from all over the world, including book enthusiasts and people in the literary industry.

Diamonds Everywhere” had its beginning a few months before the ravage of World War II when Beckedorf’s life was threatened by the lethality of Tetanus. Taken to a military hospital for medication, he woke up to the sight of groaning soldiers from their wounds on brought on stretchers into the hospital.

As he recuperated with other soldiers, a heavily wounded young officer filled him with inspiration: “Do not let this experience keep you from enjoying life. I am not going back into the trenches! This is an insane war! I feel encouragement in nature, the sparkle of thousands of Diamonds Everywhere from dew, rain and snow on trees and plants. Look at nature’s wonders for healing and encouragement"

The book’s language and style impressed the President of the Writers Guild of Alberta, Barb Howard. “I am impressed by Diamonds Everywhere!” stated Howard. “Historical facts to International adventure to mediation on Life, Honesty, and Humor.”

Seek the rainbows in darkened skies as you go through the pages of Siegfried Beckedorf’s “Diamonds Everywhere”.

“Diamonds Everywhere”
Written by Siegfried Beckedorf
Published by FriesenPress
Published Date: April 21, 2016
Paperback: $16.76
About the Author
With four brothers and two sisters, Siegfried grew up in a small village south of Hamburg, Germany. Their outdoor activities and explorations of the beautiful surrounding forest, ponds, and meadows was supervised by a maid playing the guitar. Their mother died shortly before World War II when Siegfried was nine years old.

The war years left memories of violence, devastation, and death, but also many encouragements like “diamonds everywhere.” With an urge to see the world, Siegfried and two brothers sailed to Canada in 1951 for a two-year adventure, not realizing they may not come back in that time frame. Their travels led them to Calgary at the time of the Calgary Stampede. At a dance, Siegfried met Ursula and her twin, Brigitte. Ursula was a beautiful dancer and instructor at the Arthur Murray School of Dance. While dancing, she sang along with the band. Siegfried was in awe. He forgot all about returning to Germany as planned.

They got married in 1955, settled down in Calgary, and later followed a dream to move to Bragg Creek in the foothills west of Calgary. Brigitte married Siegfried’s brother, Herbert. The Beckedorf Twins entertained with guitar and song at many festivities in Calgary and in the Bragg Creek area. While Ursula participated substantially in building an artistic and resourceful community in Bragg Creek, Siegfried got involved in land development and international business. Ursula and Siegfried traveled frequently. The highlight was a flight to Namibia, Southwest Africa, the twins’ place of birth.

The couple celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary, and the fiftieth anniversary of their having been residents of the Bragg Creek area, in 2015. A life of song and music came to an end when Ursula died in their home in September 2015.

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