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I. Childhood in Hungary
I was born in Hungary on December 25, 1927, in the town of Matesalka, which was an average-sized town in the province of Satmar. Jews and gentiles lived together. Our next door neighbours were gentiles.

My father had a university degree and was a banker, a trade that may have been easier for Jews to enter than others. I think banking was less affected by anti-Semitism. He was also a great sportsman. He even went to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. I remember that he was very upset when he came home. I don't know when my parents married. I was not an only child. I had a sister Katalin who was three years older than me and who was a very good pianist.     
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I. Childhood in Hungary
II. Into the Ghetto
III. The Concentration Camps
IV. At Liberation
V. Refugee Life
VI. A Home in Canada
VII. Reflections
A form of racism, related to the discrimination or persecution of Jews. The term came into wide-spread use in the 1870's.
Someone of the Hebrew or Jewish people. Someone who is either born or converts to Judaism, which is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish People.