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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
IX. A New Life
Later I went to Edmonton, where I married and had two children. Raising two children, I didn't quite know what was expected of me. I was desperately trying to keep them from being the neurotic children of a Holocaust survivor mother. I really didn't have the guidelines. I didn't know whether to talk about the Holocaust or not talk about it. So I compromised. Otherwise, I was just another Canadian mother. Now I have four wonderful grandchildren.
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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
The mass murder of nearly 6 million European Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Many individuals and groups were persecuted and suffered during the Holocaust, but only the Jews were targeted for total "extermination". The term literally means a burnt sacrifice, or sacred burning. The biblical word "Shoah," meaning catastrophe, is the Hebrew equivalent.