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Though the idyllic “Switzerland of Central America” paradise far, far away from the battle fields of the 2nd World War, Costa Rica was also hampered by politics that had traditionally been guided by personal allegiances far more than by ideological consistency.
Their Civil War of 1948 where 2,000 men were needlessly killed provided a most striking example.
President Calderón had been elected in 1940 as the candidate of the conservative right wing, closely allied with the Roman Catholic Church and with the business Hoi Polloi.
But his enthusiastic support for the Allies during World War II and especially his punitive measures against the industrious rich and very influential German community in Costa Rica caused the Deutschland elite to withdraw its support for him.
Calderón then created a different political base by allying himself with the Costa Rican communists (the Popular Vanguard Party), led by Manuel Mora and the socially-progressive Catholic Archbishop of San José ~ Monsignor Víctor Manuel Sanabria (no relation), in order to pass legislation guaranteeing labor rights and creating a welfare state.
Proud hardworking capitalists and German descendants with Schielzeth as their last name, my mom, grandma, grandpa and my aunt immigrated to San Francisco from San Jose, Costa Rica in 1943.
Lovingly assisted by my Great Aunt Amalia ~ who was the 1st in my family to settle in The Bay Area in 1939 and our high-spirited Matriarch, Amalia was the 1st born in 1904, of 10 children to Rosa and Camilla Sanabria.
Married to a wealthy sea captain with whom she circumnavigated the world 3 times, Amalia would eventually colonize San Francisco with 5 of her brothers and sisters.
All siblings lived with her upon arriving from Costa Rica, until they very soon found jobs thanks to their already well honed in San Jose trade skills, and created their own lives in The City.