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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
VI. Becoming Canadian
We pulled into the Montreal train station at 9 p.m. the following day. Representatives from the Canadian Jewish Congress and other war orphans from the earlier transports were there to welcome us. We received clothes and pocket money and were taken to a Congress run centre on Jeanne Mance Street. I went for long walks every day and enrolled in English classes at Baron Byng High School on St. Urbain Street. The Y offered us free memberships and I took full advantage of the swimming pool, gym and other facilities.

I started working nights and weekends at the Richmond Bakeries, as I needed to earn money in order to bring my brother over. After some time Congress rented a room for me with a Jewish family. I didn't like the place because no one talked to each other. I went to Congress and told them I would find my own place. That was my first independent step in Canada and I loved every minute of it.
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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
Canadian Jewish Congress / CJC
An organization of the Canadian Jewish community, founded in 1919, but was dormant until events in Europe revitalized it in 1933. During and after the war, it worked to secure asylum for Jewish refugees in Canada.