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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
V. Sailing to Canada
On June 14, 1948 we were taken to the port city of Bremenhaven, Germany, given two American dollars and my first-ever bottle of Pepsi-Cola. I was sure I would get drunk before I finished the bottle. At 8:15 a.m. we boarded the S.S. Marine Falcon.

The ship was ferrying home American troops at the end of the war and had agreed to transport us to Canada. I was most impressed with the two level cots covered with snow-white sheets. The dining room was spotlessly clean. The tables were covered with spotless white tablecloths. I was very impressed with anything clean and white. Coffee, cream and sugar were left on the tables. We could have as much as we wanted during and after meals. I was in awe of everything and immediately began keeping a daily journal (in Hungarian) for the duration of the voyage. I still chuckle when I read that journal after all these years to see my youthful innocence and excitement.
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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