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Before the War
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Displaced Persons Camps
Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
III. Concentration Camps
Later that day, we were taken to the train station, where we were pushed into cattle trains and taken from Poland to Germany. I don't remember how long it took for the trains to reach Klettendorf, my first camp, but I do remember that I was hungry and scared and I just wanted to go home to be with my parents. I was only nine and a half years old.

When we arrived at Klettendorf, Germany, I saw that it was a camp for men and women, who were separated by a wire fence. When the camp became too crowded, the women were transferred to Ludwigsdorf. I was a prisoner in the two camps for three years and eight months of my life, away from my family and loved ones. There were only three youngsters in that camp: myself; Polla, the daughter of the family we had lived with in the ghetto; and one other girl. The older Jewish women took us under their wings. It's something very hard to describe, but I soon realized that I would have to learn to endure the hardship, hunger, loneliness and humiliation.
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I. Bedzin, Poland
II. The Ghetto
III. Concentration Camps
IV. The End of the War
V. Immigration to Canada
VI. Arrival
VII. Becoming Canadian