Open Hearts, Closed Doors

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After the war, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans’ courage and resilience and of the tireless efforts of the people who helped them.

In this section, we can explore the Second World War and the realities in which the orphans lived. Across the different presented themes, it is possible to follow the turbulent years and observe the Canadian immigration policies over time.

The Orphans’ Stories

The site also provides interesting learning resources. There is a teacher’s guide that contains some activities related to the exhibit, a collection of personal objects, the testimony of each orphan, a glossary etc… These resources are available by following this link.

Please be advised that certain photos or descriptions may be difficult and shocking for certain individuals. Parts of the exhibit may not be suitable for young children.

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