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Before the War
The Holocaust
Liberation
Displaced Persons Camps
Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
VI. Coming to Canada
The boat docked in Halifax, where a group of Jewish teenagers came and picked us up. We stayed in Halifax for one night with the Rosenfeld family and communicated with them in Yiddish, French and sign language. I knew three words of English at the time: "yes," "no," and "O.K." The next day we got on the train and I was in a car with John Hirsch. We both looked at a map of Canada and said, "Winnipeg is a good choice because it is geographically in the middle." As we travelled by train I began to realize just how huge Canada was — this was a revelation.
VII. Becoming Canadian »   
David's Map
I. Gherla, Transylvania
II. Deportation
III. Auschwitz
IV. Death March
V. Realizing the Loss
VI. Coming to Canada
VII. Becoming Canadian
Yiddish
The language, historically spoken by Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. Derived primarily from medieval High German dialects, and to a lesser extent from Hebrew and Aramaic.