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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
In 2000, my wife, sons and I travelled back to Auschwitz-Birkenau to make a film about my life story called "Leo's Journey." About a year later, Kalman Bar-On, my friend from Auschwitz-Birkenau who was living in Israel, saw the film and contacted me. Reconnecting with him was very important to me. It helped me complete my journey.
Leo's Map
I. Childhood in Berehovo
II. Auschwitz-Birkenau
III. At Liberation
IV. Displaced Person
V. Voyage
VI. Becoming Canadian
First established as a Nazi concentration camp in 1940 at Oswiecim, Poland primarily for Polish prisoners. In 1942 it was expanded to include the extermination camp-Birkenau (Auschwitz II) and the labour camp-Buna-Monowitz (Auschwitz III). Surrounded by numerous sub camps, it grew to become the largest of all the Nazi concentration camps. Approximately 1.1 to 1.6 million Jews and 100,000 other victims were murdered or died at Auschwitz. At liberation, only 7600 prisoners — those not forced on death marches — were found alive.