This book tells the story of the 1,123 Jewish war orphans that the Canadian government reluctantly allowed into Canada from 1947 to 1949. In the cavernous reception area of Pier 21 in Halifax on a gray September day in 1947, a group of men and women waited for the first twenty Jewish orphans who had survived the Holocaust in hiding or in concentration and labor camps. They were allowed into Canada under the terms of a unique federal order-in-council. This was not only the beginning of their new lives, but also the culmination of years of work by Canadians across the country. No one knew, given the terrible traumas these young people had endured, what to expect; no one knew the extent of the kindness and generosity that awaited them in Canada.