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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
V. Realizing the Loss
As soon as I could, I went back to my hometown, Bistrita, where I found my sister Rose and her husband. I wanted to see our family's old house. Rose tried to persuade me not to go in, but I did, and that was the first time that I broke down and cried, it was very painful. I remember entering the kitchen and there was a Hungarian woman living there. All our furniture was gone and everything was in the wrong place. Time just stopped for me in that moment; I just saw everything sort of flash through my mind. I finally broke down and cried and ran out of there. I had nothing to say to her; I just ran out and never went back again.
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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