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III. Orphanages
Eventually I was hidden in a convent. I remember the Mother Superior waking me up in the middle of the night and telling me to hide in the sewers of the convent. One of the nuns had found out that I was Jewish and had reported me to the Gestapo for the reward money.

Afterwards, I was moved to a Catholic orphanage. I stayed in a few different orphanages in Belgium, Luxembourg and Paris. I was never in one place long enough to remember their names. I learned to speak many languages, Yiddish, Polish, Flemish, French, Dutch and Swedish. I was very lonely. I became a void, without any feeling at all.
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Mariette's Map
I. Childhood
II. Into Hiding
III. Orphanages
IV. Journey to Canada
V. Becoming Canadian
VI. School
VII. A New Life
Gestapo
From the German Geheime Staatspolizei or secret state police during the Nazi period. A branch of the SS, a quasi-military unit of the Nazi party, which dealt with political opponents using terror and arbitrary arrest. Adolf Eichmann commanded the section of the Gestapo charged with implementing the "Final Solution" the deportation and mass murder of European Jews.
Yiddish
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.