- It is true. Unless a snow storm interferes, Ernst will
be deported on Tuesday to Germany. What happens next, no one can even
- I did not know this until late yesterday. I had talked
to Ernst on Friday at noon, twice, and he told me not to worry, not to
let myself be spooked - that there were procedures and appeals that could
and would still be followed, and that his deportation was likely still
weeks away. I conveyed that information to media.
- Ernst tried to reach me on Friday evening, but I was
gone to inspect a project with a friend, and it was not until almost 6
p.m. on Saturday when I read in the Globe and Mail - article below - that
the issue was decided, that deportation would be the next step. Shortly
afterwards, his son called me and verified this information. He said he
had seen his father who looked "remarkably good," calm and composed,
and that he had agreed to be deported.
- An hour later, Ernst called and told me the same. When
I asked him to give me a hint why he had changed his mind, why now, and
what would happen next, he said: "You wouldn't want me to tell you
with the censors listening, would you?"
- That is really all I can tell you right now. The news
is all over Europe - and, naturally, all over the American continent.
I had many calls from Germany and other places, and the most common comment
is: "At least he'll get a chair in Germany!"
- I will keep you informed on what will happen next. I
don't expect any other personal news for another week or so.