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Before the War
The Holocaust
Displaced Persons Camps
Where Can We Go?
The Journey
Welcome to Canada
New Lives
Canadian Immigration Overview
IV. Orphanage
We were taken to a huge old mansion with dormitories, run by the OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants). There, some of the Jewish children, including Elie Wiesel, demanded prayer books, services and kosher food. Although most of us had come from Orthodox homes before the war, many of us were reluctant to return to these practices. I had started to question God. Had he been on a leave of absence during the Holocaust? I was part of the group that broke away from religious observance.
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I. Skarszysko, Poland
II. During the Holocaust
III. Rediscovering Freedom
IV. Orphanage
V. Finding a Home
VI. Coming to Canada
VII. Becoming Canadian
Oeuvre de Secours Aux Enfants (Children's Aid Society). Jewish organization devoted to children's welfare and health care, founded in Russia in 1912 and later headquartered in Paris. During the war the OSE hid and protected Jewish children from the Nazis. Several OSE employees and close to 100 supporters lost their lives saving more than 5,000 children.