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Open Hearts/Closed Doors-The War Orphans Project

The situation of Jews in and around Europe during the time of the Holocaust has been well documented, but an equally compelling question is what became of those Jews (especially Jewish children) who were part of the emigration from Europe after WWII concluded. The Virtual Museum of Canada has taken up the mantle of telling the story of those young Jewish orphans who made their way to Canada during this period through the use of first-person narratives, complemented by a rich selection of visual documents from this traumatic period. Visitors can travel chronologically through this exhibit by looking through sections titled “Displaced Persons Camps” and “Welcome to Canada”. A nice touch on the site is that all of the digitized documents here are available in the .pdf format for easy printing. Also helpful is the section that offers a broad perspective on Canadian immigration through the use of an interactive timeline that starts in 1885. Finally, visitors will appreciate the very human side of the story which is told by clicking any one of the eight black-and-white photographs on the top of the page. Each photograph provides the first-hand story of a Jewish orphan and their experiences before, during, and after immigration to Canada.
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Date of Scout Publication
October 1st, 2004
Date Of Record Creation
September 30th, 2004 at 4:43pm
Date Of Record Release
October 11th, 2004 at 7:34pm
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