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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
In the end, these orphans displayed a resilience and an ability to adapt that was remarkable. Familiar with several European languages, they learned English quickly and many continued their education or found jobs and achieved independence. At first some of the orphans felt excluded by Canadian young people of their own age. Many formed close-knit groups among themselves, helping one another, socializing and often marrying one another. The impetus to create families and homes of their own was part of a fundamental need to replace what had been destroyed during the war. Most married, had children and later grandchildren. Today, they remain productive members of their communities and immensely appreciative of the country that received them.