Because I spoke English, I started working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the Bergen-Belsen (map) DP camp. I worked in the immigration department. There was a map of the world up in the office. I still thought that I would go to Israel but when I heard about the plan to send kids to Canada, I decided I couldn't wait. I signed up several other kids to go to Canada too. We had to be under age 18. I applied for a visa to Canada with the help of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The reason I chose Canada was that it was the first opportunity open to us and I wanted to leave the DP camp as soon as possible.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Overseas relief and rehabilitation agency, established by American Jews in 1914. It helped Jews emigrate from Germany after 1930. It provided assistance to European Jews during the war and to displaced persons after the war.
A concentration camp established in 1940 in northern Germany, for Belgian and French prisoners. Renamed Stalag 311 in 1941 for Soviet prisoners. In 1943 it returned to the name Bergen-Belsen and included five satellite camps. Liberated on April 15, 1945 by British forces, who found 60,000 emaciated prisoners and thousands of unburied bodies. After liberation Bergen-Belsen became a displaced persons camp for refugees, assisted in its administration by Canada's Armed Forces.
An endorsement on a passport or a separate document which permits the holder to enter or leave a country.