Open Hearts, Closed Doors - The Orphans

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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.

It is as much a story about the present as it is about the past. It is a warning against human indifference and the inaction of the world. Over half of the world’s more than 20 million refugees are children.

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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