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Before the War
The Holocaust
Displaced Persons Camps
Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
III. Auschwitz
My brothers and I went through a large hall, where we were told to take off all our clothes. I held onto some photographs and stuck them in my shoe hoping, to get them back. We went through the showers and then they sprayed us with disinfectant. At the other end we were given new uniforms. Nobody got his or her own shoes back. We also went through a barber, who shaved off our hair. I caught sight of my sister, who was crying because they had cut off her hair. She had beautiful golden blonde hair. She was concerned about her appearance. She tore off an inch from the bottom of her dress and made a belt so it would fit better. This is the last time I saw her until after the war.
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David's Map
I. Gherla, Transylvania
II. Deportation
III. Auschwitz
IV. Death March
V. Realizing the Loss
VI. Coming to Canada
VII. Becoming Canadian