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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
Anti-Semitism
A form of racism, related to the discrimination or persecution of Jews. The term came into wide-spread use in the 1870's.
Jew/Jewish
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.