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The Immigration Story of Clasina Kamps (Dutch Immigrant)

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Category: 
Culture : 
Language: 
English
Creative Commons: 
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2012.1665.1

Story Text: 

After the war my dad wanted to immigrate to Canada with my mom and 8 children to give us a better life. My dad paid for all our passage with money he borrowed from his boss Karel Vekaden and he paid it back in full.
I was 10 years old and remember things so vividly. Until ten years ago I was so homesick for my relatives then my grandson was born then I felt at peace within myself. We came with just the clothes on our backs but we all turned out to be excellent Canadians and proud to be so thanks.