On the trip west, I couldn't get over the immense space and the sparse settlements along the way. You could see forever. As I crossed Canada by train, it occurred to me that so many people could have been saved in this vast country. So much land and yet there had been no room for Jewish refugees during the war.
We were accompanied by Roweena Pearlman, a Canadian Jewish Congress volunteer who was just a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. I think she used psychology on me by telling me how wonderful the Jewish community was in Calgary. She suggested that I stop over in Calgary for just a few days to meet her family. To please her, I stopped over for two days and stayed nine years.
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.
Someone who flees their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social or political group.