Open your hearts : the story of the Jewish war orphans in Canada
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Open your hearts : the story of the Jewish war orphans in Canada

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Open your hearts : the story of the Jewish war orphans in Canada
Call No: 971.004924 M38o

Call Number971.004924 M38o
Dates[1996]; ©1996
Statement of ResponsibilityFraidie Martz.
Creators & ContributorsMartz, Fraidie (author)
Summary"Open Your Hearts tells the story of the 1,123 Jewish war orphans which the Canadian government reluctantly allowed into Canada from 1947 to 1949. In the cavernous reception area of Pier 21 in Halifax on a gray September day in 1947, a group of men and women waited for the first twenty Jewish orphans who had survived the Holocaust in hiding or in concentration and labour camps. They were allowed into Canada under the terms of a unique federal order-in-council. This was not only the beginning point of their new lives, but also the culmination of years of work by Canadians across the country. No one knew, given the terrible traumas these young people had endured, what to expect; no one knew the extent of the kindness and generosity which awaited them in Canada. Drawing on archival materials, memoirs, diaries, and oral interviews the author recounts what happened as the European orphans and their new country adapted to each other. Open Your Hearts is first and foremost a human interest story about how children and adolescents, traumatized by the Holocaust and deprived of everything considered essential for normal development, flourished and became productive citizens in the care of a protective community. It also chronicles a unique experiment in the integration of refugees by an ethnic community—an experiment which may hold lessons for current immigration policy in Canada." —Publisher
  1. Pier 21 : the kids arrive
  2. Permission granted—at last
  3. The rules of the game
  4. Gearing up in Canada
  5. The search in Europe
  6. Arrival and reception
  7. Other people's houses
  8. Fitting in
  9. Looking back
Physical Description 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherMontreal : Véhicule Press
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 185–189)
  • Joseph and Faye Tannenbaum Award for Canadian Jewish History, 1997