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VI. A Home in Canada

My ability to speak English enabled me to seek work while many other immigrants had to spend time learning a new language. With the help of a social worker and the
Canadian Jewish Congress I got my first job in Montreal, working as a timekeeper in the Dominion Lock Company. My wage was fifty cents an hour. From that I had to pay room and board and everything. So, by the time you had a haircut, you had no money. Finally, I found work in my own field, when a furniture factory hired me. The factory was owned by a Jewish man who did not need any new workers at the time, but hired me anyway. He was a very nice man, a very fine man. My pay was raised thirty cents an hour. I changed jobs once more in Montreal for even better pay. When I came out to Vancouver in 1951 I found work again as a cabinetmaker.    

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Canadian Jewish Congress / CJC
An organization of the Canadian Jewish community, founded in 1919, but was dormant until events in Europe revitalized it in 1933. During and after the war, it worked to secure asylum for Jewish refugees in Canada.
Leslie's Map
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
Immigrant
A person who comes to a new country to live as a permanent resident.