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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
III. At Liberation
In January of 1945, we were marched a couple of miles from Birkenau to Auschwitz in the heavy snow and bitter cold. I was able to escape and hid in a basement. I waited until morning, when everything was quiet and all the screaming had stopped. When I came out of my hiding place, the camp had been deserted. Slowly, some other prisoners began to emerge. A couple of hundred of us gathered. A few days later we were liberated by the Russians.
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Leo's Map
I. Childhood in Berehovo
II. Auschwitz-Birkenau
III. At Liberation
IV. Displaced Person
V. Voyage
VI. Becoming Canadian