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Before the War
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Displaced Persons Camps
Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
III. Rediscovering Freedom
Among the camp inmates there were leaders who gathered up all the children and began to take charge of us. I had no idea that there were 430 children scattered throughout Buchenwald. I had thought that Abe and I were the only children there. We were taken to live in the former SS barracks. We each had a bed and clean sheets. I remember being examined by many doctors and nurses and the Red Cross taking down our stories.

My immediate concern was to be reunited with my family. At that time I was not yet aware of the enormity of the Holocaust. The human mind doesn't accept some of these things. I knew that my brother, Abram, had died and I suspected my father was also dead, but I still hoped to find the rest of my family. I had no idea that Chaim was dead and that my mother had died in Treblinka. I found my sister Leah a few months later. She and I are the only survivors of our family.
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Robbie's Map
I. Skarszysko, Poland
II. During the Holocaust
III. Rediscovering Freedom
IV. Orphanage
V. Finding a Home
VI. Coming to Canada
VII. Becoming Canadian