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VII. A New Life
I became Marie here in Canada. The person you see today is someone I created. When I speak about my experiences as a child in the Holocaust, I become Mariette again. I am a completely different person now. None of us, who came to Canada as orphans, had a chance to be children. As Marie I feel that I've accomplished a lot and I'm proud of who I am and what I've done. As Mariette I feel cheated. That is the only way I can explain it.

Canada is a great country. Today it is a much more tolerant country than it was when I first got here. It is wonderful that so many different people can live together in this country. All people are the same. They want freedom and opportunities for their children. I think that if children could visit different temples, churches and synagogues, they would see that all people are the same. That is what I taught my children and my grandchildren.
Mariette's Map
I. Childhood
II. Into Hiding
III. Orphanages
IV. Journey to Canada
V. Becoming Canadian
VI. School
VII. A New Life
Holocaust
The mass murder of nearly 6 million European Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Many individuals and groups were persecuted and suffered during the Holocaust, but only the Jews were targeted for total "extermination". The term literally means a burnt sacrifice, or sacred burning. The biblical word "Shoah," meaning catastrophe, is the Hebrew equivalent.
Synagogue
A building or place of worship for those of the Jewish faith. A congregation of Jews for the purpose of worship or religious study.