Name: Pearl Goldrich
Born: Tomaszow, Poland
Raised: Poland and Russia
Family before the war: My family consisted of my parents, myself, a sister and two brothers. On my mother’s side of the family, she had 3 sisters and a brother. My father had 4 brothers and 5 sisters. All of my aunts and uncles were married and had children. In total, there were approximately 80 family members.
After the war: My parents and sister survived. On my mother’s side, a brother survived ad he began a new family. On my father’s side, all 4 of his brothers survived. Some of his brothers had immigrated to the United States before the war.
War Experiences: When the war started, my father knew a non-Jew in the village so we went to hide in a shack. Then one day this man came home and said we had to leave because if the Germans found us, they would kill him. When we left, Russian soldiers caught us as they were capturing other people walking in the streets. My parents, my sister and I were sent to a camp in Siberia. We remained in Siberia for two years. After that, they let us out into a city in Russia. When the war ended, we went back to Poland. Upon returning there, we saw that the pogroms began and the Poles and Ukrainians were killing the Jews who returned. We escaped to Berlin, as it was close to the border.
Came to Canada: We applied to enter Canada, as well as several other countries. We arrived in Canada on August 20, 1951 and entered via Pier 21 in Halifax. We arrived in Toronto on August 22, 1951 via train.
Occupation: I went to night school and worked in a shoe factory. I got married in 1953.
Life in Canada: I got married in 1953 and started a family immediately.
Family Today: I have 3 children, Toby, Michael and Susan, who are all married and have children. Two of my grandchildren are married. I also have great grandchildren.
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