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Before the War
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Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
I. Gherla, Transylvania
In 1940 our area became part of Hungary. It was at this time that we began noticing anti-Semitism. Refugees from Poland and Germany streamed into Hungary, telling local Jews what had happened to them. For us, there were quotas on high school attendance, beatings in the streets, and people were told not to buy from Jewish shops. Since I could no longer attend school, I began training as a furniture maker. I remember beginning to have the sensation of being hunted.
II. Deportation »    
David's Map
I. Gherla, Transylvania
II. Deportation
III. Auschwitz
IV. Death March
V. Realizing the Loss
VI. Coming to Canada
VII. Becoming Canadian
Someone who flees their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social or political group.
A form of racism, related to the discrimination or persecution of Jews. The term came into widespread use in the 1870's.