Identification certificate : Paper : Printed, Typed, Handwritten : Ink : Yellow, Black, Red, Blue ; Ht: 13,5 in. x W: 8 in.
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November 17, 1948-November 19, 1948
1 page, double-sided. Folded 3 times horizontally and once vertically. Small b&w photograph of Genia Beer (née Paris) affixed at centre left with 2 metal staples. Document issued by the International Refugee Organization, U.S. Zone of Germany. Certificate of identity for the purpose of immigration to Canada. Document contains personal and physical information about Genia Beer and lists Max Beer as her son, who will be accompanying her to Canada. Stamped with immigration visas at bottom and on verso. Narrative: Genia (Gitla) Paris Eizenberg Beer was born on July 7, 1916 in Radom Poland to Chaim Mordechai and Ruchla Paris. She had two sisters named Devora and Freindel and five younger brothers. Both of her parents and all her siblings were killed in the Holocaust except for one sister who went to Palestine in the late 1930s. Genia married Israel Einzenberg and had a child before the war started. Both were killed. During the war she was incarcerated in the Szarzysko Kamiena labour camp for three years. She survived and after the war she met her second husband, Leo (Leyb) Beer. Leo Beer was born in 1908 in Uhniv (Uhnow), a small shtetl called near Lviv, Poland (today Ukraine). Leo joined the soviet Army and was wounded in a German attack where he lost the use of his left arm. He was then transferred to Tashkent, Uzbekistan until the end of the conflict. His two brothers and mother were killed in the Holocaust. His father, who had immigrated to Canada in the late 1920s survived. Leo went back to Poland after the war, where he met Genia. In 1946, antisemitic pogroms in Poland led them to flee toward the East through Czechoslovakia. They settled in the Displaced Persons camp of Pocking, in Germany. Genia and Leo’s son, Max, was born on May 18, 1847. The Beer family landed in Canada on January 18, 1949.