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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
V. Becoming Canadian
I had no expectations about what Canada would be like, none. For a long time afterwards, I wanted to hide who I was and where I had come from. I didn't want to associate with other survivors, because I did not want to be identified as a survivor. My siblings and I were like strangers. Because we had been separated throughout the war, we were not bonded like most families. We loved each other but we seemed to have nothing in common. That's what the war did to us. To this day, I have trouble trusting people.
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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