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Before the War
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Where can we go?
The Journey
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New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
VI. Becoming Canadian
When my twin sister and I arrived in Vancouver, we were separated and sent to live in different homes. My sister went to Isaac Chernov's house and I went to stay with Max Fox and his wife and two children, Priscilla and Ernest. I stayed with them for over a year. I spoke a few languages when I came, mainly Yiddish and Hungarian, but not a word of English. Luckily, Mr. and Mrs. Fox spoke Yiddish, so I could converse with them and I felt right at home. I started going to Prince of Wales High School. I remember that about three weeks after I arrived, I was asked to recite some Shakespeare and I did, but with a very heavy European accent.
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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
The language, historically spoken by Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. Derived primarily from medieval High German dialects, and to a lesser extent from Hebrew and Aramaic.