Greener and Gayler

Relations between Holocaust Survivors and Canadian Jews
  • Franklin Bialystok


Philip Weiss came to Winnipeg from Europe in 1948. Born in Poland in 1924, and having survived the death camp at Auschwitz, he recalls his first years in Canada.

They were hard years. We had full freedom, but still from a point of spiritual satisfaction, there was a lot to be desired. You had to start anew, you were an immigrant. We didn’t have relatives. We were strangers in a strange land. You were not fully accepted, even in Jewish circles. There were barriers between Canadian citizens and those who survived. We were all considered to be greener, and we were to a certain degree… For a certain period of time everything was dark, you could not be as happy as the Canadian who didn’t go through the experiences of the Second World War. It was a tremendous burden which a former inmate carried for a lengthy period of time. Eventually the barriers broke. For me it took a minimum of twenty years.1


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