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I. Satu Mare, Romania
In 1944, after they took all our valuables, we were herded into a ghetto. Our homes were confiscated as soon as we moved out. Misleading information was circulated telling us that we were going to work on farms. This was only to keep us from rebelling. It allowed the Germans to carry out their gruesome task without interruption. They knew we were ready to sacrifice much in order not to jeopardize the safety of our families. In the ghetto my family slept in one room with two other families.
II. Auschwitz & Muhldorf »    
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I. Satu Mare, Romania
II. Auschwitz & Muhldorf
III. At Liberation
IV. Life as a Refugee
V. Sailing to Canada
VI. Becoming Canadian
Ghetto
The Nazis revived the medieval term ghetto to describe the compulsory "Jewish Quarters" often in the poorest section of the city, where Jews from the surrounding areas were forced to live. Surrounded by barbed wire or walls, the ghettos were sealed before the deportation of Jews to the concentration camps. Established mostly in Eastern Europe, the ghettos were characterized by overcrowding, starvation and forced labour.