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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
VII. Becoming Canadian
When John Hirsch and I arrived in Winnipeg, we were met by Mrs. Clara Miles and others from the National Council of Jewish Women. Our group met almost daily for two weeks, taking English lessons. I picked up the language quite rapidly and after two weeks was courting girls. The Shack family, that took John and me in was supposed to house us only temporarily, but after a few months Mrs. Shack said we could stay as long as we wanted. She loved feeding us. After only two weeks Mr. Shack found me a job in a furniture business as a cabinetmaker. For two years I went to night school, continuing my English lessons and learning a bit of history. I stayed in touch with the other orphans in Winnipeg by meeting with them at the Y. I stayed in Winnipeg for six years.
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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