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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
IV. Life as a Refugee
As soon as we were able to be on our feet we were moved to Feldafing Displaced Persons Camp. Our group was easily recognized because we all wore the same brown pyjamas; until we received regular clothes later. People recovered their health slowly. Some never recovered mentally, others did not want to. I and other young people fared better. We stayed in large spacious barracks and had ample food. After the concentration camp all food tasted great. We could never get enough of it. At the beginning, we constantly searched for more food. We needed it mentally and felt we could never have enough. Slowly, I came to be less anxious about having enough food for tomorrow.
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Bill's Map
I. Satu Mare, Romania
II. Auschwitz & Muhldorf
III. At Liberation
IV. Life as a Refugee
V. Sailing to Canada
VI. Becoming Canadian
Displaced Persons camps
Facilities established in Germany, France, Italy and Belgium, some located in former concentration camps, where stateless Jews were housed. Some refugees remained in these camps for several years while they waited for permission to immigrate.