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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
VIII. Adjusting
At first I was placed with a horrible family. They would not comprehend things. My gorgeous dress from the Swiss Red Cross, that I never got to wear, had to be burned because they were so concerned about diseases. This was my first possession and they were taking it away! There were also much deeper things. They insisted that I call them mother and father, which was something I really didn't feel like doing.

I ran away from them and was placed with Ethel and Edward Basin and their daughter Paula, who was ten years younger than I was. The Basins were wonderful to me. I still have a prayer that I wrote on July 9, 1949 thanking God for them. Auntie Ethel never made me call her mother. She was very sensitive to my loss. We maintained a close relationship until the day she died. She became a grandmother to my children.
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Celina's Map
I. Childhood in Poland
II. "Things began to change"
III. The Lvov Ghetto
IV. Hiding
V. War's End
VI. Looking for a Home
VII. Voyage and Arrival
VIII. Adjusting
IX. A New Life
Red Cross
International organization, founded in 1863 according to the terms of the Geneva Convention to care for wounded, sick and homeless during wartime. Its mandate later expanded to include the monitoring of humanitarian international law. The Red Cross attempted to assess conditions in prison and concentration camps during the war but was refused entry by the Nazis. After the war the Red Cross assisted in tracing survivors, in family unification and resettlement.