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IV. Life as a Refugee
From May 1947 until August 1947, I became a policeman in an ORT training and boarding school for Jewish youths in Purten II, near Rosenheim. Later the International Refugee Organization (I.R.O.) opened a youth centre near the town of Aschau. It was a really nice camp at the foot of a beautiful mountain. We had ample good food. I had a dog and a bicycle. Life was great.

While waiting for my papers to America, I was called into the camp office and asked if I wanted to immigrate to Canada. I could qualify but not my brother, who had passed the required age of 18. I did not know how long the wait would be to go to the United States so I agreed to go to Canada. I thought I would be able to arrange for papers for my brother to follow after I got there.
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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
ORT
The Society for Rehabilitation through Training dedicated to providing Jews with trade and farm skills. After World War II, ORT set up free schools, vocational and cooperative workshops in Europe, North Africa and China for displaced Jewish refugees.
Refugee
Someone who flees their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social or political group.